WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today unanimously approved the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The bipartisan legislation will help advance the testing and development of self-driving vehicles that have the potential to improve mobility, reduce accidents, save thousands of lives lost on American roads each year, and ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of advanced technologies and innovation. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) is an original cosponsor of the legislation.
Peters, who co-founded the bipartisan Smart Transportation Caucus, has made the development and deployment of self-driving technologies a top priority in the U.S. Senate. Last year, at Peters’ urging, the U.S. Department of Transportation sponsored a competition to designate national testing facilities and in January, DOT named ten facilities nationwide, including the American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti, as federally-designated proving grounds for the development of self-driving vehicles. In late 2015, a Peters provision to promote investments in vehiyear