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Safety concerns about Congress driverless car bill package

Florida residents might have heard of a bill package being considered by a House of Representatives Energy and Commerce panel that would put more driverless cars on the road for testing. Safety advocates are hesitant about this package, and they believe that it would be safer to test fewer self-driving cars on the road simultaneously. They also suggest that requiring a safety certification for each autonomous car before it goes out onto the road would be a better way to test these cars.

The bill package would also continue to put safety regulation in federal hands as opposed to the charge of each state. The chairman of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee stated that these modest federal restrictions should continue. Trade groups for automakers who are producing self-driving vehicles tend to agree with this assertion. Nonetheless, other groups are not convinced that putting more driverless cars on the road would be safer.

A representative of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety said that a functional safety evaluation would constitute the bare minimum for driverless cars. Safety advocates are apprehensive about putting more cars without drivers on the road when there are no concrete standards in place by which to assess the safety of the vehicles.

If a manufacturer is negligent when producing a vehicle or if a driver is negligent when behind the wheel, then an auto accident may occur. Accidents often cause injuries and sometimes even death. If an individual is harmed because of an inattentive driver who overly relied on driverless technologies, he or she might want to meet with a personal injury attorney and discuss how to go about seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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