The listening to on Wednesday centered on separate draft laws from Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.
In an interview Tuesday, Dingell instructed Automotive News it was her purpose to go AV laws this yr, and the listening to was a step towards discovering widespread floor.
“What we really want to do is we want to know what stakeholders like, what they don’t like, what’s missing and what should be struck,” she mentioned. “We need to move this forward. Quite frankly, we are behind.”
Both draft payments, although completely different, would set up a nationwide normal that enables for the widespread testing and deployment of AVs and addresses sure security and safety dangers amongst different excellent points. Both, too, would elevate the quantity cap on exemptions that may be granted to producers of autos that shouldn’t have conventional controls like steering wheels or brake pedals. The present cap of two,500 autos can be elevated as much as 100,000 beneath Latta’s invoice, whereas Dingell’s model would improve it as much as 80,000.
Latta’s invoice — the beforehand launched Self Drive Act — additionally would block sure producers from being granted an exemption in the event that they share info with, or are managed by, China.
Earlier this month, Reps. Dingell and Latta and two different lawmakers urged the Biden administration to research and restrict the operation of AVs made by Chinese firms within the U.S., citing issues of nationwide safety and competitiveness.
At the listening to, each Republican and Democratic lawmakers raised issues over China’s AV developments and dangers to U.S. management.
“China’s ambitions in this industry present a critical economic and national security threat to our country, especially when you consider seven Chinese … car companies testing on our roads today,” mentioned Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.