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>> The US House on Wednesday unanimously approving a historic bill to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars on America's roads and highways. There are currently no overarching federal laws specifically governing self-driving cars. The bill intends to change that, says Reuters correspondent David Shepardson.>> This bill will give auto companies a roadmap to getting up to 100,000 self-driving cars each on the roads within a few years.
And what it does, it requires them to show to government regulators that the self-driving cars are as safe or safer than existing cars on the road. But beyond that, it will give the government the authority to exempt auto companies from all of the specific safety regulations that currently govern automobiles.
For example, you have to have rear view mirrors, you have to have side mirrors. So you have a lot of regulations governing cars that assume a human driver is in the driver's seat.>> The new regulations will help tech companies like Tesla, Google, and Uber that have invested heavily in self-driving car fleets.
Detroit's old school automakers like Ford and GM have also spent tons of cash developing autonomous technology. The issue of self-driving cars has taken on new urgency after US road deaths rose 8% in the most recent year tallied, the highest annual jump in 49 years. Leaving companies to argue that driverless cars are not just the future, but also the safer option.