Opportunity Exists for Advancing Autonomous Vehicles Bill This Congress, Sen. John Thune Says

Legislation aimed at popularizing the use of autonomous vehicles in commercial and commuter settings is gaining supporters in the Senate, signaling its consideration possibly as early as this spring.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) indicated that his colleagues have expressed interest in restarting discussions on a measure that would outline the requisite provisions for infrastructure, as well as safety associated with autonomous cars and trucks.

Thune emphasized he is hopeful the legislation could be introduced in the near future, noting the opportunity for bipartisanship with Democrats who control the House. An autonomous vehicles bill in the previous Congress co-sponsored by Thune, who at the time chaired the Commerce Committee, failed to land on President Donald Trump’s desk. Several Democrats had pushed back on the bill.