Senate Gives The Start On Self-Driving Cars

Reuters reports that a U.S. Senate Panel on Oct. 4 unanimously gave the go-ahead to a bill, known as the AV START Act, that would speed the use of self-driving cars, which are cars that do not require the use of human controls.

Prior to the panel, The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the bill, and the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a similar measure last month.

In more detail about the bill, automakers would be able to win exemptions from safety rules that require human controls. States could also set rules on registration, licensing, liability, insurance, and safety inspections, but performance standards cannot be set by states.

Although the bill still has to be cleared by a Senate vote, it appears to be on the right track by its support.

General Motors Co., Alphabet Inc., Ford Motor Co. and others have lobbied for the legislation, while auto safety groups have urged for more safeguards on the technology.

If passed, expect an increase in profits for automakers, technology companies, and ride service providers, as the future of having a car that drives you without the need of a drive is now becoming a possible future.

What is not supported by the bill is the aspect of self-driving commercial trucks, which still have a long way to go, even with the support of several Republican senators.

For many, the benefits of self-driving cars should continue to be explored, starting with this legislation.

Senator John Thune, the Republican who chairs the Commerce Committee, said the bill “underscores the bipartisan desire to move ahead with self-driving vehicle technology…. The safety and economic benefits of self-driving vehicles are too critical to delay.”

However, several snags from the complex self-driving technology still need to be ironed out. GM told California how its self-driving cars were involved in six crashes this September.

But the accidents were all reported to have been minor and GM has blamed them on human drivers and one bicyclist who hit one of these self-driving vehicles.

With all this talk of self-driving car technology, it’s hard to imagine how one should be covered in case their robot car gets to an accident, or when your self-driving Uber gets hit during a drop-off.

The answers are a bit more simple than you think: auto and rideshare insurance. Getting the right auto insurance for your future sci-fi car is the key in covering all your assets in however you end up using it.

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