Congress will not pass self-driving car bill in 2018

Congress will not vote on a bill to speed the introduction of self-driving vehicles before it adjourns for the year, a blow to companies such as General Motors and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit, key senators said on Wednesday.

Congress will also not take up a proposal pushed by GM and Tesla Inc. to extend or expand a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles, the aides said.

To win passage in the final days, the measures had to be attached to a bill introduced Wednesday to fund government operations, but they were not. Senators conceded the funding bill, which could be approved as early as Wednesday by the U.S. Senate, was the only way forward before Congress adjourns.