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Bilirakis Praises Progress on Self-Driving Car Legislation

July 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, which U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) serves on, advanced the most comprehensive legislation on self-driving car technology to date. With Bilirakis’ support, the subcommittee passed the Highly Automated Vehicle Testing and Deployment Act in a bipartisan vote. The bill establishes the roles of federal, state, and local governments in the development of self-driving cars, and increases the amount of data on safety and performance during vehicle testing.

“Technology is quickly headed in the direction of self-driving cars, and we are working to ensure government stays ahead of the curve. This transformative technology has the potential to make cars safer, reduce the number of deaths on the road, and improve mobility for the elderly and disabled. I applaud the subcommittee’s passage of this legislation today as we continue to work on the balance between proper oversight of this emerging industry, and encouraging the innovation needed to deploy safe, affordable driverless vehicles to America’s roadways,” said Bilirakis.   

Today’s approval sends the bill to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration, before it reaches the House of Representatives for a vote.