Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 14, 2017   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 14, 2017 hearing, "Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment" before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Greg Walden: "Without question, one of the most exciting developments in 21st century commerce is self-driving cars. As traffic accidents are on the rise, automated driving systems have the potential to transform our transportation system into one that is safer and more secure for everyone on the roadways. The promise of self-driving cars to save thousands of lives in the United States and around the world cannot be understated. [...] As with any new innovation and developing technology, proper oversight is key. Rather, this is a call to create a framework that allows this technology to safely develop and a call for innovation to flourish without the heavy hand of government. [...] This hearing today will help us better understand how to achieve that goal. It will inform us of manufacturers and developers' testing efforts and how to support plans for the deployment of self-driving cars. Our witnesses will also help us to understand the challenges of testing and deployment and how to address those challenges in a way that fosters innovation and protects American consumers. Safety is critical here. Manufacturers and other entities developing self-driving cars have every incentive to get this right. There are tremendous economic and societal opportunities ahead for consumers if we lay the proper foundation for the success and advancement of this technology". Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mike Ableson, Nidhi Kalra, Anders Karrberg, Joseph Okpaku, and Gill Pratt.

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