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ICYMI: Latta and Dingell Tour Self-Driving Vehicle Testing Facility

Aug 16, 2017

#SubDCCP Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), co-sponsors of the SELF-DRIVE Act, recently toured the American Center for Mobility in Michigan, which is under construction to become a testing ground for self-driving vehicles.

Ensuring the U.S. continues to be at the forefront in new car safety and technology has been a priority for the subcommittee during the 115th Congress. In July, the committee unanimously approved the SELF-DRIVE Act. This legislation will allow 100,000 self-driving vehicles to be safely deployed under a national safety standard.

To learn more about the SELF-DRIVE Act, click here.

Legislators Tour Testing Grounds for Self-Driving Cars

By: David Patch

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Where tens of thousands once toiled to make transmissions for traditional human-driven vehicles — and before that, built World War II bomber planes — a testing ground for automated cars and trucks now is under construction.

The American Center for Mobility, a nonprofit corporation established early last year by the state of Michigan, expects a 2½ mile highway test loop across and near the grounds of the former General Motors Willow Run Transmission plant to be ready for use in December.

A second test facility representing urban driving conditions is slated for operation starting by the end of next year, and the $110 million project’s plans include future rural, residential, and even off-road test-driving areas.

ACM showed off the facility Tuesday to reporters after U.S. Reps. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) and Debbie Dingell (D., Dearborn) toured it and held a news conference to promote it and pending legislation they have co-sponsored to guide the development of national standards for automated vehicles.

The bill, approved unanimously (54-0) by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and expected to go to the House of Representatives floor next month, would allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles that wouldn’t need to conform to current auto-safety standards and forbid states to establish performance standards for such vehicles.

Manufacturers would still need to certify automated vehicles’ proper function and safety to federal regulators under the bill.

“These [automated] vehicles are going to happen, and they’re going to transform mobility in the world,” said Mrs. Dingell, who warned that if the United States doesn’t take the lead, China, India, or western European nations will, “and we are not going to let that happen.”

“This is not government-driven” but is rather a collaboration of the private, public, and academic spheres to promote technological innovation and jobs growth in the Midwest, Mr. Latta said.

Read the full article online here.