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Tue Jul 11, 2017, 01:36 PM

House panel to unveil self-driving car legislation soon: aide

Source: Reuters

INNOVATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY | Tue Jul 11, 2017 | 6:20am EDT

House panel to unveil self-driving car legislation soon: aide

By David Shepardson | WASHINGTON

U.S. House Republicans expect to introduce bills later this week that would bar states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars and take other steps to remove obstacles to putting such vehicles on the road, a spokeswoman said.

The legislative action comes as major automakers are joining forces with auto suppliers and other groups to prod Congress into action.

Last month, a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee held a hearing on a Republican draft package of 14 bills that would allow U.S. regulators to exempt up to 100,000 vehicles a year per manufacturer from federal motor vehicle safety rules that prevent the sale of self-driving vehicles without human controls.

Blair Ellis, a spokeswoman for the committee, said on Monday it was likely that legislation would be introduced this week and a formal hearing on the bills would occur next week.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-selfdriving-idUSKBN19W0YJ

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