Audi Applauds the Passage of the SELF DRIVE Act

Audi Applauds the Passage of the SELF DRIVE Act

Audi Applauds the Passage of the SELF DRIVE Act

0 comments 📅07 September 2017, 22:45

Congress did something rare yesterday, and by that of programme naturally we mean anything. This particular thing was the passage of the SELF DRIVE act, an notable step towards bringing autonomous cars onto the road, and Audi is on top of the world as punch.

“Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took a decisive step to create a new automated mechanism framework aimed at unlocking mobility options for generations to come,” said Brad Stertz, Gaffer of Audi Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. in a statement.

The bill is only the first action towards bringing autonomous cars to the public and the Senate will also be undergoing to have a say, but the broad, bipartisan support of the bill is promising for manufacturers looking to institute autonomy, like Audi.

The bill gives the National Highway Traffic Shelter Administration (NHTSA) power to regulate vehicle design and requires automakers to carefully take into account how to keep data gathered from autonomous vehicles private.

Most importantly for the vest-pocket term future of autonomy, though, is that it allows NHTSA to grant more exemptions to the around rules. Currently, NHTSA can only grant 2,500 exemptions per year, gist that only that many autonomous cars (without brake pedals, steering wheels, or humans) can currently evaluation on public roads. Under the new rules, NHTSA will be able to grant up to 100,000 exemptions in three to four years.

Audi recently revealed its new A8, which it claims is the leading truly autonomous car. The car still requires a human to be behind the wheel, but allows them to nab their focus off the road for extended periods of time.

Despite the car having that sense, Audi can’t actually turn the feature on yet because the lack of regulation means that European and American governing bodies aren’t eager to approve it. With the passage of this act, it looks like Americans might be one tread closer to reading a book as their A8 whisks them down the road.

“With the awe-inspiring passage of the Self Drive Act and legislation under consideration in the U.S. Senate,” said Stertz, “Congress is charming the initiative to ensure America remains the leading innovator of technologies that can unquestionably transform our cities, benefit the disadvantaged and – most important of all – ensure greater safeness on our roads.”

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