Driverless Car Bill Stalls In Congress, So States Gear Up

Law360 (February 8, 2019, 2:51 PM EST) -- Despite hopeful last-minute efforts, the 115th Congress failed to pass the AV START Act, a bipartisan bill that would have been the first significant federal legislation of autonomous vehicles in the U.S. Meanwhile, vehicles with increasing levels of automation are making their way onto roads across the country and individual states are passing their own laws.

The federal bill would have raised the number of exemptions from safety standards the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, can hand out to manufacturers, and would have directed the agency to update Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. It would...

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