Autonomous Vehicle Legislation is Driving through Congress

There is strong bi-partisan support for proposed self-driving vehicle legislation. The SELF-DRIVE Act recently passed the House of Representatives unanimously, and the similar AV START Act was unanimously passed by the Senate Commerce Committee. Automakers look forward to continuing to work with Members on both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate to enhance auto safety and expanded mobility that will further solidify U.S. innovation and leadership.

Self-driving vehicle technology holds great promise to improve safety and transform mobility in the United States. Automakers have been developing these technologies for years and this legislation helps address a variety of barriers that otherwise block the ability to safely test and deploy these vehicle technologies.

The Public Supports a Uniform National Regulation

Adults of all parties, age groups and educational backgrounds support a single, unified federal standard governing the use of autonomous vehicles, according to recent polling. The majority of respondents said “there should be one federal standard to ensure vehicles can adhere to common rules and easily travel across state lines.” Congress will begin considering legislation this month.

Polling Results

Most adults say there should be a single, national approach for regulating self-driving cars.


 

Support for a uniform national framework is strong after hearing  arguments from both sides.


 

This poll was conducted by Morning Consult from July 07-09, 2017, among a national sample of 2191 adults. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.


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