The Mack Institute asks
Before 1 January 2018, will the U.S. President sign legislation increasing the number of autonomous vehicle exemptions allowed by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?
A motor vehicle manufacturer may petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for an exemption in order to sell self-driving vehicles without human controls, but only for up to 2,500 vehicles per year (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Reuters). The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow U.S. regulators to exempt up to 100,000 vehicles a year per manufacturer from these rules. Proponents say it would liberate innovation for self-driving vehicles. Opponents say that 100,000 vehicles per year, multiplied by up to 30 autonomous vehicle developers, would constitute full deployment without the requisite safety precautions.