The Self Drive Act: A tough one to follow?

The U.S House of representatives approves a ‘one size fits all’ regulatory approach – but there’s a catch; the Airbnb of mobility gets a boost; and Apple vs Samsung all over again.

It’s back to school time for the US Congress and the House of Representatives has already been hard at work. This week saw the SELF DRIVE Act pass through the House with bipartisan support (a rarity these days). The bill has been pending since before summer recess and here’s what it essentially boils down to:

Firstly, it gives the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) power to regulate the design, construction and performance of self-driving cars with a ‘one size fits all’ framework. By trumping state laws (pun fully intended), car-makers and tech firms would no longer have to deal with states.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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The Self Drive Act: A tough one to follow?

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