Motor Mouth: Autonomous car testing regulations? There are close to none |

Headlines are quick hits from media outlets from Missouri and around the world. Follow the headline link for the full story. The source of this headline says:

As it turns out, Rafaela Vasquez, the “backup” driver of Uber’s self-driving Volvo XC90, was streaming Hulu just before striking and killing Elaine Herzberg as she was walking across Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona. . . .

The bigger question is who is regulating these self-driving cars as being safe for our public roads. Each and every one of us had to be tested before our respective governments will issue a licence to drive out and about with our fellow populace, so what government agency is, likewise, testing self-driving cars to certify they are indeed as sophisticated and safe as the manufacturers claim?

Not one.

MoBikeFed comment: We have been working with bicycle and pedestrian groups as well as traffic safety advocates from across the country to encourage Congress to include a "driving test" in the proposed driverless vehicle regulations that are currently under discussion in the Senate.

Both Missouri senators play a key role in the "AV START Act" and you can contact them about this issue in just a few minutes:

Based on our conversations with Senate staff, your voices ARE being heard in Washington, DC. But we need to keep up the pressure on our elected officials on this issue.

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