US House panel is set to hear proceedings that could help restructure the future of self-driving vehicles in the United States. The Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee under the Energy and Commerce Committee will hear from trade groups representing the automotive, tech and transportation sector.
The panel will look at different issues regarding self-driving vehicles during the sitting, which is tagged “Autonomous Vehicles: Promises and Challenges of Evolving Automotive Technologies.”
Following a report by Reuters, Congress is yet to reach an agreement on self-driving law even after working on coining one for some years now. From on the hearing memorandum (PDF), the panel is most liking going to be looking at the role of the federal and state governments in the issue and deployment of safe autonomous vehicles.
The discussion may stretch to consumer issues, like passenger safety issues and proper testing and development, as well as the growing cybersecurity concerns for connected and automated cars before deciding on what to adopt as a law finally.
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone and subcommittee chair Jan Schakowsky said,
“Manufacturers of autonomous vehicles and semi-autonomous technologies are working to transform the way we travel, and we must ensure that these technologies are rigorously tested and properly deployed with necessary safety oversight and accountability.”
The US House Panel is expecting witnesses like John Bozzella, who’s the President and CEO of Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents GM, Toyota and Volkswagen, among other automotive companies.
The panel will also be having Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association head as well as Jeff Tumlin, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Direction of Transportation. Hopefully, a more positive outcome can be achieved this time.