Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on Passage of Self Drive Act
Congressman Donovan released the following statement on this week’s passage of the Self Drive Act, legislation that implements standards from the testing, development, deployment, and security of self-driving vehicles to encourage safety and innovation within the United States:
“New technologies are changing the way we live, and self-driving cars are the next frontier of modernization and safety within the automobile industry. While these developments have the ability to make our roads safer and improve mobility, it’s also critical that our laws keep up with emerging technologies to protect consumers. The Self Drive Act takes necessary steps to create a framework that will establish uniform standards for testing, development, deployment, and security. Importantly, this bill requires companies to develop cybersecurity defenses to prevent attacks and safeguard data. This bipartisan legislation will help support American innovation, protect consumers, and enhance technology cybersecurity defenses, and I’m proud to support it.”
Note: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) found that over 35,000 people died on U.S. roadways in 2015 alone and early estimates indicate the number could rise to over 40,000 in 2016. NHTSA estimates that 94 percent of highway crashes are due to human error. The development of automated vehicles has the potential to significantly reduce traffic fatalities.
-- Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee.