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U.S. House Subcommittee approves automated vehicles bill

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 07:00
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On July 19, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protections held a hearing on a bill to advance the testing and deployment of highly automated vehicles. Following the consideration of several proposed, ultimately withdrawn, amendments, the subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote. 

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Although some members voiced concern about the withdrawn amendments, which were about access to rural areas, cybersecurity and privacy, Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta, R-Ohio, granted that there would be an opportunity to address these issues in the full committee. The consensus was bipartisan agreement and a commitment to keep safety as the primary objective of any automated vehicle legislation. The bill is slated for a full committee markup next week.

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