Opinion: We need autonomous vehicle laws

It is downright embarrassing, and frankly dangerous, that the U.S. government has delegated to car companies, and the technology industry, any consequential decisions about the next 100 years of cars and safety.

For example, Wednesday, the United States Senate held a hearing on “Federal Perspectives” on autonomous vehicle technology. One might have expected Congress to demand to hear why the Department of Transportation’s perspectives match perfectly with industry lobbyists. But, while such oversight when it comes to self-driving cars would be welcome, the current Senate majority wasn’t interested.