Peters Statement on NHTSA Self-Driving Vehicle Public Comment Period

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s announcement that it will publish a petition from General Motors (GM) for public comment on their proposal to deploy fully self-driving vehicles:

“Today’s announcement from NHTSA reaffirms that self-driving technologies are not an innovation of the future: they are already on our roads and carrying passengers.

“With self-driving technology rapidly evolving, the federal government needs to put a framework in place that can ensure these vehicles are operating safely without stifling innovation. Today’s announcement is an exciting step toward reaching the full promise of self-driving cars to transform mobility and save lives. We must prioritize policies that will promote continued development of these lifesaving technologies, update safety rules to protect consumers and incentivize companies to develop and manufacture these vehicles in the United States. As a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, I will continue working to ensure self-driving cars can operate on our roads with strong safeguards in place.”