Senate Hits the Brakes on Self-Driving Car Legislation Over Safety Concerns

By John Bonazzo

Self-driving cars are in neutral thanks to congressional gridlock.

Legislation to remove regulatory obstacles in driverless car development is stalling in the Senate. The bipartisan AV Start Act would allow developers to test and market autonomous vehicles immediately—even though detailed federal safety regulations will take years to write.

The bill would also block states from adopting safety regulations more stringent than the federal standard (once that standard is adopted).

This vague wording hasn’t stopped the AV