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Loebsack Introduces Bill to Develop High-Definition Mapping for Self-Driving Cars

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Washington, June 8, 2018 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
Congressman Dave Loebsack, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today introduced legislation to develop high-definition road mapping in order to further the safe deployment of highly automated vehicles, or self-driving cars. Loebsack’s legislation, the 21st Century Automated Vehicle Safety Act of 2018, creates a competitive grant program to establish a high-definition road mapping pilot program that will be used to further the development and deployment self-driving cars. Loebsack worked in conjunction with researchers at the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) located at the University of Iowa to develop this legislation. Click here to view the full text of the bill.

“In order to continue moving towards the development and safe deployment of self-driving cars, we need to have the best information possible available. By establishing this program, the high-definition mapping will help determine the challenges, barriers, and other considerations that must be taken into account when planning for the safe operation of self-driving cars. I look forward to seeing what the future of self-driving cars is like and this legislation will help ensure that its deployment is safe and responsible,” said Congressman Dave Loebsack.

“Digital infrastructure and high-definition map data is essential to improving the safety of automated vehicles and drivers in cities and rural communities. The pilot programs established by the 21st Century Automated Vehicle Safety Act will help move us forward in a safe and responsible manner as these vehicles are integrated onto American roadways,” said Dr. Daniel McGehee, Director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator Laboratories.
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