Despite Expert Warnings and Accidents, Elected Officials Still Push for Self-Driving Car Legislation

By B.N. Frank

According to many experts, Automated Vehicles won’t necessarily make the roads safer – not by a long shot.  That has not deterred American elected officials who apparently haven’t watched the NOVA video, “Look Who’s Driving” and/or haven’t read recent disturbing reports on Automated Vehicle (AV) (see 1, 2).  Either that – or they simply don’t care that they are risking our lives and limbs by continuing to push for more of these dangerous and lethal vehicles on the road.

From The Hill:

This lack of legislation contrasts last year’s governing body, when the House passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (SELF DRIVE) Act within the first year, a bill that would have created federal standards for autonomous vehicles.

However, both the SELF DRIVE Act and the AV START Act stalled out in the Senate at the end of 2018, following sustained opposition by a group of Senate Democrats, who had concerns around safety and security language in the bills.

Other consumer organizations also had concerns around this bill. Officials from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Consumer Reports, the Consumer Federation of America, and the Center for Auto Safety describing the bill voiced their worries in an op-ed to The Hill last year, deeming it a threat to public safety due to its safety language.

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Other sections not yet circulated from the former bills dealt with cybersecurity protections for autonomous vehicles, including provisions that would require vehicle manufacturers to develop cybersecurity plans before selling the vehicles, and those to boost protections against the cars being hacked.

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The urgency for the introduction of a new bill on self-driving cars is increasingly clear, as the majority of major car manufacturers have already begun testing autonomous vehicles, and as one fatality involving a self-driving car has already taken place.

AVs aren’t biologically or environmentally friendly either.  Unlike traditional vehicles, AVs are computer-based and

  • Computers are built with conflict minerals (see 1, 2)
  • More computers = more E-Waste
  • Electromagnetic Radiation used to operate AVs is not biologically or environmentally safe AT ALL (see 1, 2)

So there’s obviously a lot to NOT LOVE about AVs besides massive job loss within the transportation industry.

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