LAB urges changes to Senate bill regulating autonomous vehicles

By Stephen Frothingham

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The League of American Bicyclists, responding to the first U.S. pedestrian fatality involving an autonomous vehicle, is supporting changes to Senate legislation that would regulate the self-driving cars and trucks.

Uber’s self-driving Volvo SUV hit and killed Elaine Herzberg Sunday night as she was pushing her bike across a street in Tempe, Arizona.

The League on Tuesday expressed concern “that these vehicles are being deployed without having to first prove their ability to recognize and respond to people biking and walking in our streets.” It urged LAB members to pressure Senators to add “vision test” wording to Senate Bill 1885: AV START Act, a bill attempting to bring some regulatory oversight to autonomous vehicle deployment.

“Our goal is to add a requirement to the AV Start bill to have a regulated ‘vision test’ for autonomous vehicles that would be third-party tested. The current version of the bill is lax on third-party testing. We hope our members and supporters ask their Senators to add safety performance standards that autonomous vehicles have to pass to be on the road,” said Caron Whitaker, the Leagues’ vice president of government relations. The League is adopting the “vision test” language proposed …read more

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