House Committee Republicans Criticize Lack of Automated Vehicle Provisions in Infrastructure Bill

July 13, 2020 Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee released a statement July 7 criticizing the Democratic transportation bill, the INVEST in America Act, H.R. 2, as a “partisan messaging exercise that has no chance of becoming law.” Read more

Senate Subcommittee Examines NHTSA Grant Programs, Auto Safety

July 6, 2020 The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation & Safety held a hearing June 30 titled “Safety on Our Roads: Overview of Traffic Safety and NHTSA Grant Programs,” which included three witnesses... Read more

NHTSA Launches AV Testing Initiative

June 22, 2020 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the Automated Vehicles Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative June 15 with states, local governments, and private-sector stakeholders in the... Read more

New NAMIC White Paper on Autonomous Vehicles Focuses on Liability Issues

June 22, 2020 NAMIC has published a new white paper, Liability Standards for Automated Vehicle Shared-Driving Crashes, that illustrates how difficult it will be for insurers and courts to assess responsibility for crashes when the vehicle assumes some or most of the... Read more

With House T&I Markup, New AV Paper Will Boost NAMIC Advocacy Efforts

June 22, 2020 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a markup June 17 for its surface transportation funding bill, the INVEST in America Act. The bill has several sections dealing with automated vehicles, including a study on... Read more

House T&I Committee to Mark Up Highway Bill

June 15, 2020 The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee plans to mark up its highway reauthorization bill on June 17 and subsequently bring it to the House floor June 30. Democrats introduced... Read more

Manufacturers Send Vehicle Data Access Opposition Letter to Congress

June 15, 2020 The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, also known as Auto Innovators, sent a letter to leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee supporting federal preemption of state efforts to ensure third-party access to... Read more

Surface Transportation Bill Set to Move Forward in House

June 8, 2020 Democratic members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a bill titled the INVEST in America Act to authorize funds for federal highways, safety programs, and transit programs. The bill is scheduled to be marked up by... Read more

Latta Attends Demonstration of Unmanned Delivery Vehicle

June 1, 2020 Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, was on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Ohio May 26 to view a new driverless delivery vehicle in action, touting it as one way automated technology can help fight the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the spread of... Read more

Study on AVs, Drones Part of E&C GOP Emerging Tech Plan

May 26, 2020 Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee released a new emerging technology plan May 12 to “ensure American leadership in emerging technology to beat China and other challenges to global competitiveness.” The plan is comprised of... Read more

AVs Mentioned but Not Central to New E&C GOP Emerging Tech Plan

May 18, 2020 Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee released a new emerging technology plan May 12 to “ensure American leadership in emerging technology to beat China and other challenges to global competitiveness.” The plan, released by... Read more

EPA Declines to Adopt New Incentives for AV Fuel Standards

May 4, 2020 The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a final rule April 30 to amend and establish carbon dioxide and fuel economy standards, but the EPA refused to adopt new incentives for... Read more

Automated Vehicle Legislation Unlikely to be Included in COVID Response

April 20, 2020 A group of consumer, bicycle, local transportation, public health, safety, and other groups sent an opposition letter to House and Senate leadership officials in response to a blog entry published by Republican members of the... Read more

House Republicans Call for Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

April 13, 2020 Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee published a blog entry April 8 calling for "a federal framework for AVs to ensure we maintain our global leadership and ensure Americans enjoy the vast mobility and safety benefits that... Read more

Washington: Autonomous Vehicle Testing Bill Signed Into Law

March 31, 2020 ESHB 2676, Autonomous Vehicle Testing, which NAMIC has supported throughout the legislative process, has been signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. Read more

NAIC Readying to Release Private Passenger Auto Availability/Affordability Study

March 30, 2020 Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt was scheduled to ask the Property-Casualty (C) Committee to consider adopting the Private Passenger Auto Insurance Study authored by NAIC staff over the last five years... Read more

NHTSA Proposes Scaling Back Standards for Some ADS Vehicles

March 30, 2020 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed new safety regulations March 30 for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that don’t have the traditional manual controls necessary for human drivers, such as a steering wheel or... Read more

NHTSA Proposes Standards Revisions for ADS Vehicles

March 23, 2020 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed revisions to current crashworthiness federal motor vehicle safety standards March 16 to “remove unnecessary barriers to Automated Driving System-equipped vehicles and the unconventional... Read more

Washington: Autonomous Vehicle Testing Bill Passes Out of Senate

March 10, 2020 ESHB 2676, Autonomous Vehicle Testing, which NAMIC has supported throughout the legislative process, has passed out of the Senate on a vote of... Read more

GHSA Sees Rising Pedestrian, Cyclist Fatalities

March 2, 2020 A Governors Highway Safety Association report estimated that the nationwide number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2019 was 6,590, an increase of approximately 300 deaths, or 5 percent, from 2018. Additionally, cyclist... Read more

NTSB Sees Seven Issues in 2018 Fatal AV Crash

March 2, 2020 The National Transportation Safety Board held a public board meeting Feb. 26 on the probable cause for the fatal March 23, 2018, crash of a Tesla Model X in Mountain... Read more

Senate Banking Committee Examines Surface Transportation

March 2, 2020 The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing Feb. 25 titled “Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Public Transportation Stakeholders’ Perspectives.” Appearing before the... Read more

Senate Banking Committee Examines Surface Transportation

February 24, 2020 The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is holding a hearing titled “Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Public Transportation Stakeholders’ Perspectives.” Testifying before the panel will be: Read more

NAMIC Comments on Draft Automated Vehicle Legislation

February 24, 2020 NAMIC provided comments Feb. 21 to the bipartisan/bicameral staff working group regarding new draft sections of a potential automated vehicles bill. The congressional-staff-led group released earlier sections in November and December for which... Read more

House Automated Vehicle Hearing Eyes Safety, Accessibility

February 18, 2020 The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing Feb 11 titled “Autonomous Vehicles: Promises and Challenges of Evolving Automated Technologies,” the first House hearing of the 116th Congress to focus on... Read more

New AV Draft Legislation Released

February 18, 2020 A bipartisan and bicameral congressional staff working group released new draft sections of a potential autonomous vehicle bill Feb. 12 and requested feedback from stakeholders. Read more

NHTSA Grants Waiver for Nuro Low-Speed Vehicle

February 18, 2020 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Feb. 6 that it granted a request from Nuro for a temporary exemption from certain low-speed vehicle-standard requirements. The exemption will allow the company to deploy its... Read more

House Panel to Examine Potential for AV Technology

February 10, 2020 The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing Feb. 11 titled “Autonomous Vehicles: Promises and Challenges of Evolving Automated Technologies.” This will be the first House hearing of the 116th Congress to focus on the topic. Read more

House Automated Vehicle Hearing Coming Soon

February 3, 2020 The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to announce a hearing this week to examine the automated vehicle industry, the first House hearing of the 116th Congress to focus on the topic. It’s also expected that representatives from an auto manufa Read more

New NAMIC White Paper Offers Standards for Driver Assist Systems

January 9, 2020 NAMIC published a white paper Jan. 8 that seeks to better define how conditional automation/dual control, or CADC, functions across widely differing systems and ensure... Read more

Negotiators Release Additional Bicameral AV Bill Drafts

December 9, 2019 The bipartisan and bicameral working group of the staffs of the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Commerce committees released three new section drafts of potential... Read more

NTSB Challenges DOT, States on AVs

November 25, 2019 The National Transportation Safety Board called upon federal regulators Nov. 19 to create a review process before allowing automated test vehicles to operate on public roads, based upon the... Read more

Senate Commerce Holds AV Hearing

November 25, 2019 The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing Nov. 20 titled “Highly Automated Vehicles: Federal Perspectives on the Deployment of Safety Technology.” The hearing examined DOT and NTSB perspectives on the safe testing and deployment of AVs, and... Read more

Senate Commerce Committee to Hold AV Hearing

November 18, 2019 The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing Nov. 20 titled "Highly Automated Vehicles: Federal Perspectives on the Deployment... Read more

Sections of New AV Bill Released

November 4, 2019 The bipartisan/bicameral staff working group at the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Commerce committees released drafts for the portions of a potential bill on automated vehicles relating to AV testing... Read more

Staff Look to Divide, Conquer on AV Legislation Development

October 21, 2019 Bipartisan committee staffers of the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Commerce committees who have been working to create consensus on an automated-vehicle-related bill have reportedly split the planned legislation into sections and... Read more

NTSB to Examine Probable Cause of 2018 Fatal Uber Crash

October 21, 2019 The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it will hold a public board meeting on Nov. 19 to determine the probable cause of the March 2018 fatal crash involving a pedestrian and... Read more

More Safety Questions for Autonomous Vehicles

October 15, 2019 Consumer Reports recently tested Tesla’s Smart Summon feature and reported that the automation “drove erratically, like a drunken or distracted driver,” and “was glitchy and at times worked intermittently, without a lot of obvious benefits for... Read more

Petition Seeks NHTSA Tesla Recall as ‘Smart Summon’ Ok’d by California

October 7, 2019 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is evaluating a petition seeking a defect investigation into an alleged flaw in certain Tesla Inc. electric cars, and a claim that Tesla should have notified NHTSA of the potential defect and... Read more

Staff Continuing Work to Draft Automated Vehicles Legislation

September 30, 2019 Capitol Hill staffers are meeting to draft bipartisan legislation on automated vehicles that can be introduced in the House and Senate. Details of what will be included have not been shared yet, but the legislation is expected to be modeled off the... Read more

DOT Announces Federal Grant Funding for AVs

September 20, 2019 Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced $60 million in federal grant funding Sept. 18 to the selected award recipients for the Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity. The program is meant to... Read more

New AV Legislation In the Works

August 26, 2019 Staff at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation are engaged in bipartisan discussions to develop new legislation on automated vehicles for this Congress. At the request of... Read more

New AV Legislation Being Discussed

August 19, 2019 Staff at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation have requested comments from NAMIC about challenging issues relating to automated vehicles and how they might be resolved in... Read more

House, Senate Committees Discuss Developing New AV Legislation

August 5, 2019 The House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce Committee staffs are engaged in bipartisan discussions to develop a new automated vehicle bill this Congress. Committee staffs have requested feedback from NAMIC on how, if at all, several... Read more

Senate Committee Advances Highway Bill Containing Resiliency Funding

August 5, 2019 The Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works voted unanimously July 30 to advance S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019, which authorizes $287 billion over five years, including $259 billion for programs to... Read more

ULC Approves AV Act Respecting State Authority on Insurance

July 29, 2019 At its recently concluded 128th Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, the Uniform Law Commission approved five new acts, including one regulating the operation of automated vehicles. NAMIC was an observer on the committee that drafted the... Read more

NAMIC Urges NHTSA to Focus on Safety for ADS

July 29, 2019 NAMIC submitted a comment letter July 29 questioning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s focus on eliminating motor vehicle safety standards that have proven effective. In May, the NHTSA published a notice asking for comments on... Read more

NAMIC AV Council Meets in Washington

July 15, 2019 The NAMIC Automated Vehicle Council met in Washington, D.C., July 11 for a day of meetings with key policymakers. The council met with Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who was eager to discuss the... Read more

NAMIC AV Council to Meet With Lawmakers, Administration

July 8, 2019 The NAMIC Automated Vehicle Council will be in Washington, D.C., July 11 for a day of meetings with key policymakers. The council will be meeting with Heidi King, the deputy administrator of the National... Read more

NAMIC on Hand as NIST, DOT Examine Safety Measurement for AVs

July 1, 2019 NAMIC represented the property/casualty insurance industry at the Consensus Safety Measurement Methodologies for ADS-Equipped Vehicles Workshop hosted by the National Institute of Standards and... Read more

Senate Commerce Subcommittee Eyes Innovations in AV Tech, Integration With Infrastructure

July 1, 2019 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety held a hearing June 25... Read more

AVs, Auto Safety Take Center Stage at FAST Act Hearing

June 24, 2019 The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing June 19 titled “FAST ACT Reauthorization: Transportation and... Read more

House T&I Subcommittee Discusses Future of Trucking in U.S.

June 17, 2019 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit convened for a hearing June 12 titled “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America” and featured a mélange of... Read more

Feds Seek Comment on AV Safety Standards, Regulations

June 3, 2019 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration each issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking May 28 regarding the removal of regulatory barriers to the safe introduction of automated... Read more

Panel Discuses Automated Vehicle Safety Expert

May 13, 2019 NAMIC attended “Engaging Drivers and Law Enforcement,” an event featuring a panel of experts on automated vehicle safety on May 8. It was hosted by the... Read more

Florida: Texting While Driving Primary Offense; Scooter, AV Regulation Bills Pass

May 2, 2019 The Florida House on April 29 gave final passage to HB 107, which would make texting while driving a primary offense as of July 1, 2019. In addition, the bill makes school zones and active... Read more

Florida: AOB Reform, Distracted Driving, and Autonomous Vehicles Bills Nearing Finish Line

April 23, 2019 The Florida Senate on April 23 took up Assignment of Benefits reform on the Special Order Calendar. Because SB 122 had been amended last week in the Senate Rules Committee with the same language as contained in HB 7065, the first order of business... Read more

Safety Concerns on Boeing Crashes Linked to AV

April 22, 2019 At an Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Transportation FY 2020 budget request on April 10, Chairman David Price, D-N.C. questioned the department’s ability to regulate automated technologies in the wake of... Read more

Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders ask NHTSA about AV Safety Standards

April 22, 2019 House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill, sent a letter to Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, April 17 regarding a... Read more

Florida: House AOB Bill Scheduled for Floor Debate

April 9, 2019 The Florida House will take up on April 10 its assignment of benefits bill, HB 7065, on the Special Order Calendar. A proposed amendment that will be discussed on the floor would require Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to include an exhibit in... Read more

Montana: NAMIC-Opposed Automated Driving Systems Bill Dies

April 1, 2019 HB 304, Liability Requirements for Smart Cars, has been tabled by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now dead for the session. The legislation stated that, “the operator of a vehicle using a driving automation system is liable for all damage to... Read more

Montana: NAMIC Submits Testimony Opposing Liability Provision in Automated Driving Systems Bill

March 25, 2019 NAMIC has submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to HB 304, Liability Requirements for Smart Cars. The proposed legislation states that “the operator of a vehicle using a driving automation system is liable for... Read more

Trump Reportedly Skeptical of Automated Vehicles

March 18, 2019 President Trump has voiced deep skepticism of automated vehicles, Axios reported March 17, citing sources with knowledge of the president’s personal conversations. The story includes several quotes that show the president’s views on the technology are... Read more

Florida: First Week of Session Filled With Plenty of Insurance Issues

March 12, 2019 A major highlight of last week’s official start to the 2019 Florida legislative session was movement on House and Senate AOB reform bills, but there was plenty of activity on other issues of importance to... Read more

Questions Linger on Vehicle-Generated Data Access

February 19, 2019 NAMIC participated in a Feb. 11 briefing for Capitol Hill staff by the U.S. Data Access Coalition, which is comprised of members from the insurance, trucking, fleet management, auto repair shop, and telematics industries, along with consumer advocacy... Read more

Arizona Sued for March 2018 Uber Fatality

February 19, 2019 The family of the woman killed by an Uber self-driving car last March has reportedly sued the state of Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey, and Department of Transportation director John Halikowski for $10 million. The claim says the state "failed to..." Read more

NAMIC Works on ULC Model State Law for Autonomous Vehicles

February 4, 2019 The Uniform Law Commission Committee on Highly Automated Vehicles met in Washington, D.C. Feb. 1-2 and made significant progress on a draft model law covering the deployment of automated driving systems... Read more

New Highway Safety Laws Report From Advocates Focused on Occupant Protection

January 28, 2019 The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety released a 56-page report titled “16th Annual Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws” on Jan. 22, highlighting the developments and shortcomings of auto safety laws across the U.S... Read more

NAMIC Speaks at the Transportation Research Board

January 22, 2019 Billed as the "World's Largest Gathering of Transportation Professionals," more than 13,000 industry leaders including NAMIC, policymakers, administrators, and researchers from government, industry, and academia attended the Transportation... Read more

FAA to Propose New Drone Rules for Flying Over People, at Night

January 22, 2019 As reported by NAMIC, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced new federal policies to expand the legal use of commercial drones... Read more

Special Report: FAA to Propose New Drone Rules for Flying Over People and At Night

January 15, 2019 Billed as the "World's Largest Gathering of Transportation Professionals," more than 13,000 industry leaders including NAMIC, policymakers, administrators, and researchers from government, industry, and academia... Read more

Last Ditch Effort to Pass Automated Vehicle Legislation

December 10, 2018 A new draft bill that would make changes to the Senate’s AV START Act has been circulated in Washington with the hope of reaching an agreement to have it attached to the spending bill that must pass to avoid a government shutdown on Dec. 21. House and... Read more

NHTSA Hosts Stakeholders on AV Safety Standards Considerations

December 3, 2018 The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration held another stakeholder meeting Nov. 28-29 on the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards considerations for automated driving systems. The working group was led by researchers at Virginia Tech... Read more

NAMIC Responds to NHTSA on AV Deployment

November 26, 2018 NAMIC, in consultation with the members of the AV Council, submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Pilot Program for Collaborative Research on Motor Vehicles with... Read more

Senate Panel Eyes Surface Transportation Infrastructure

November 26, 2018 The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will convene for a hearing Nov. 28 titled, "Addressing America's Surface Transportation Infrastructure Needs." While witnesses have not yet been publicly announced, panelists are expected to... Read more

Congressional Outlook for Automated Vehicle Legislation

November 13, 2018 Democrats will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January, which leaves the path to becoming law for automated vehicle legislation somewhat unclear. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was a vocal supporter of the House passed SELF-DRIVE Act... Read more

NAMIC Helps Guide ULC Committees on Drones, AVs

October 29, 2018 Committees of the Uniform Law Commission met in Detroit Oct. 26-28 to continue work on model laws governing drone use and automated driving systems. As an official observer of both committees, NAMIC was on hand and actively participated in the... Read more

Illinois: Governor Issues Executive Order Establishing ‘Autonomous Illinois’ Initiative

October 25, 2018 Gov. Bruce Rauner issued Executive Order 2018-13 on Oct. 25 instructing the state’s Department of Transportation to lead the “Autonomous Illinois” initiative. The initiative is to “promote the development, testing and deployment” of connected and autonom Read more

Uniform Law Commission to Meet on Drones, Automated Vehicles

October 22, 2018 Uniform Law Commission committees drafting proposed uniform state laws on drones and autonomous vehicles will both meet in Detroit on Oct. 26-28. NAMIC is an official observer to both committees and will advocate for the principles adopted by the... Read more

NHTSA Seeks Comment on Potential AV Pilot Program

October 15, 2018 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on Oct. 10 seeking comments from interested stakeholders on the factors and structure to consider in designing a national pilot program to test and... Read more

NAMIC Holds Second Future of Auto Summit

October 15, 2018 NAMIC brought together auto industry leaders and experts in the second Future of Auto Summit for NAMIC member companies. Held Oct. 9-10 in Ann Arbor, Mich., the summit was coordinated with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute... Read more

RAND Study Offers Guide for Measuring Automated Vehicle Safety

October 15, 2018 A new study by the Rand Corp., funded by Uber, presents a framework to discuss how safety in automated vehicles can be measured regardless of manufacturer or the technology... Read more

And the Survey Says...

October 9, 2018 No, I'm not talking about our latest round of Family Feud during the political season at the Chamness House. I'm talking about three research projects that NAMIC has undertaken in the past couple of months - two of them designed to help gather... Read more

NHTSA Unveils New AV Regs Proposal

October 8, 2018 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the publication of "Automated Vehicles 3.0 Preparing for the Future of Transportation," which will appear in the Federal Register. Read more

J.D. Power Pulse Survey Says Consumers Not on Board With Rush to Market Automated Vehicles

October 8, 2018 While auto manufacturers, technology companies, and government entities race to develop and deploy automated vehicles, a new pulse survey from J.D. Power and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies reveals it may be time to pump the... Read more

Potential Last-Ditch Efforts to Move Senate Automated Vehicle Legislation

October 1, 2018 There is some thought on Capitol Hill that Senate leaders are close to moving the chamber's AV START Act, which could create a path for the bill to be merged with the House-passed SELF-DRIVE Act before the end of the year. Read more

Study Finds Consumers Trust in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems But Little Understanding of Limitations

October 1, 2018 The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety issued a new study on the auto technologies designed to improve driver convenience and safety by alerting the driver that a crash is imminent or by temporarily automating certain aspects of vehicle control such as... Read more

NAMIC Meets With NHTSA Head

September 17, 2018 NAMIC met at the Department of Transportation with Heidi King, acting administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and members of her senior staff on Sept. 11 to educate senior NHTSA officials on key transportation regulatory... Read more

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Innovation in Surface Transportation

September 10, 2018 The House Transportation & Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways & Transit held a hearing Sept. 5 titled “Innovation in Surface Transportation,” featuring witnesses from DriveOhio, Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Authority , ITS America, and Contra... Read more

Automated Vehicle Legislation Stalling in Senate

September 10, 2018 Sept. 6 marked one year since the U.S. House passed H.R. 3388, the Self Drive Act, which would create a flexible federal framework for manufacturers to test and sell automated vehicles to the public. The House Energy and Commerce Committee used the... Read more

Key House Committee to Examine Future of Transportation Technology

September 4, 2018 With Congress set to kick off a mad dash of activity over the next month as members head home for the final stretch of the campaign, a key house panel will examine a set of issues related to emerging transportation technology. The House Transportation... Read more

NHTSA, EPA Considering Insurance Costs in Proposed Emissions Rules

August 27, 2018 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are proposing new rules to revise the existing corporate average fuel economy and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions standards for passenger cars and light... Read more

NAMIC Hosts Discussion With British Insurance Industry on New UK AV Law

August 20, 2018 The NAMIC Automated Vehicles Council hosted a call with representatives from the British insurance industry Aug. 15 to learn about the AV law recently enacted in the United Kingdom. During the conversation with... Read more

Senators Still Seeking to Pass Automated Vehicles Bill

July 30, 2018 Senators supporting the stalled AV START Act, S. 1885, continue to search for opportunities to pass the legislation aimed at providing regulatory flexibility to auto manufacturers and tech companies to test and sell automated vehicles. It’s understood... Read more

Report Finds Flaws in NHTSA Recall Process

July 23, 2018 The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Transportation issued a report July 18 that found that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s process for monitoring passenger vehicle recalls lacks documentation and management... Read more

UK Passes Automated Vehicle Legislation

July 23, 2018 The British Parliament passed the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act of 2018 July 18, which regulates insurance coverage and related liability for automated vehicles and calls for nationwide infrastructure for electric vehicles. The bill serve to... Read more

Transportation Secretary Chao to Host CEOs for AV Discussion

July 9, 2018 The CEOs of several NAMIC members will have a private roundtable with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao July 10 during the Automated Vehicle Symposium taking place in San Francisco, Calif. The meeting will also include technology providers... Read more

Senate Committee Eyes AVs, Infrastructure

June 18, 2018 The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing June 13 titled "Innovation and America's Infrastructure: Examining the Effects of Emerging Autonomous Technologies on America's Roads and Bridges." The committee, chaired by... Read more

Senate Committee Eyes Autonomous Technologies, America’s Infrastructure

June 11, 2018 The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing June 13 titled “Innovation and America’s Infrastructure: Examining the Effects of Emerging Autonomous Technologies on America’s Roads and Bridges.” The committee, chaired by Sen. ... Read more

Senators Seek Info From AV Manufacturers

June 4, 2018 Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., sent letters to 26 car and technology companies on May 25 seeking details about their testing activities as part of a broader investigation into the safety of driverless vehicles. Most of ... Read more

NAMIC’s Whitepaper Highlighted as Two AV Council Members Testify before Congress

May 29, 2018 Two members of NAMIC’s Automated Vehicles Council testified before the House Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance during a May 23 hearing titled, “The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on the Future of Insurance.” Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., chairman of the... Read more

Being the Industry ‘Pace Car’ on Automated Vehicle Technology

May 29, 2018 Memorial Day Weekend is a time for remembering our nation’s fallen heroes, and more than 350,000 people in Indiana did that prior to watching fast cars drive 500 miles in an enormous stadium whose infield could contain Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium ... Read more

House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Automated Vehicles, Insurance from Two Members of NAMIC’s AV Council

May 23, 2018 Two representatives of the mutual property/casualty insurance industry voiced support for the continued development of automated vehicle technology today on Capitol Hill and stressed the importance of insurers in helping shape that development. Ryan ... Read more

NAMIC Publishes White Paper Calling for Greater Safety in Deployment of Automated Vehicles

May 21, 2018 Automated Driving Systems hold great promise to save lives and reduce crashes, but NAMIC cautions that the development and deployment of ADS must focus on validating the safety of the technology every step of the... Read more

Two Members of NAMIC’s AV Council to Testify During Hearing on AVs and Insurance

May 21, 2018 Representatives from two NAMIC member companies will testify during a May 23 House hearing on the impact of automated vehicles on the future of auto insurance. The hearing, to be held in the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and... Read more

NAMIC: Trust But Validate – Insurers Optimistic about Automated Vehicles but Caution Safety Must Be Top Focus

May 17, 2018 Automated driving systems hold great promise to save lives and reduce crashes on the nation’s highways, according to a new white paper from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, but the road to the proliferation of mature, proven ADS ... Read more

AAMVA Publishes Guidelines for Local Testing of Highly Automated Vehicles

May 14, 2018 The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators published “Guidelines for the Safe Testing and Deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles” on May 14 to assist motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies seeking to address the testing or use of ... Read more

NAMIC to Join ADS Project at NHTSA

May 14, 2018 NAMIC is the only insurance organization chosen to participate in the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s multidisciplinary project at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop technical translations to existing Federal Motor ... Read more

Insurance Issues Set to Move in HFSC

May 7, 2018 The House Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee is considering plans for a hearing to examine the insurance perspective of autonomous vehicle technology... Read more

Autonomous Vehicles, Distracted Driving, a focus of HLDI, IIHS Meetings

April 16, 2018 NAMIC, along with senior representatives of NAMIC member companies, participated in board of directors meetings last week of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Highway Loss Data Institute, and the Advocates for Highway and... Read more

NAMIC Keeps Focus on Safety at Transportation ADS Meeting

April 9, 2018 NAMIC was a stakeholder participating in an April 3-4 Department of Transportation meeting on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards considerations for automated driving systems. The stated purpose of the meeting was to “identify potential barriers ... Read more

Trump Removes Interim Tag From King at NHTSA

April 9, 2018 President Trump has nominated Heidi King to serve as administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. King has been acting as NHTSA deputy administrator after her predecessor, Mark Rosekind, left to become the chief safety ... Read more

FMCSA Requests Comments on Autonomous Commercial Motor Vehicles

April 2, 2018 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation published a request for public comments March 26 on existing federal motor carrier safety regulations that may need to be updated, modified, or eliminated to ... Read more

Washington: Autonomous Vehicle Study Bill to Governor for Signature

March 9, 2018 SHB 2970, the autonomous vehicle work group bill, passed out of the Senate on a 48-0 and then quickly achieved a concurrence vote in the House. The bill will soon be sent to Gov. Jay Inslee for his expected signature. Read more

Autonomous Vehicles a Focus for Department of Transportation

March 5, 2018 NAMIC participated in a March 1 Department of Transportation policy discussion on automated vehicles at the invitation of Secretary Elaine Chao. Senior leadership from major stakeholders, including those from... Read more

NAMIC Invited to Transportation Policy Discussion on Autonomous Vehicles

February 26, 2018 U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has invited NAMIC to participate in a March 1 senior leadership policy discussion on automated vehicles. Chao planned the meeting for the... Read more

Utah: NAMIC Provides Suggested Changes to Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

February 21, 2018 NAMIC provided written testimony Feb. 20 on HB 371, which would create a framework for autonomous vehicles to operate in the state. NAMIC made a number of suggested changes to the bill. THe association's main... Read more

NAMIC Provides Expertise on Autonomous Vehicles

November 20, 2017 As Congress continues to consider the proposed autonomous vehicle legislation – to which NAMIC has provided substantial comment and revision... Read more

Federal Safety Regulator Asks for Ideas on Less Testing, Compliance for Autonomous Vehicles

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NAMIC Asks Senate Commerce Committee to Improve AV Draft Bill, Focus on Safety

September 18, 2017 NAMIC sent a letter to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and ranking member Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on Sept. 15 regarding draft legislation to facilitate... Read more

House Set to Pass Self-Driving Legislation That Includes NAMIC Input

September 5, 2017 The House of Representatives will advance on Sept. 6 the first legislation in Congress designed to create a framework pertaining to the regulation of automated vehicles. The bill, H.R. 3388, the Safely... Read more

House Committee Passes Legislation to Regulate Automated Vehicles, Senate Timeline Slips

July 31, 2017 The House Committee on Energy and Commerce formally introduced and advanced the first comprehensive bill in Congress designed to create a framework for the regulation of automated vehicles... Read more

The Future is Now - Automated Cars Take Center Stage in Washington

July 31, 2017 Not so long ago, driverless cars seemed a far-off, into-the-future fantasy. The kind of thing only found in science fiction movies or cartoons, certainly not on America’s roadways... Read more

North Carolina: Legislature Adjourns Just Before Holiday Weekend

July 5, 2017 The North Carolina Legislature adjourned its 2017 regular session around 2 a.m. June 30, with plans to reconvene in special session Aug. 3 for veto overrides, redistricting issues, and other bills deemed appropriate for consideration at that time... Read more

House Panel to Examine Driverless-Car Legislation That Includes NAMIC Input

June 26, 2017 The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing June 27 to examine a series of draft bills the... Read more

Work Continues in Washington on Automated Driving Systems

June 19, 2017 Congress has continued to review the issue of automated driving systems in hearings and proposed legislation. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing June 14... Read more

Senate Panel Eyes Autonomous Vehicle Issues

June 12, 2017 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a hearing titled "Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles" on... Read more

Washington: Governor Issues Executive Order on Autonomous Vehicles

June 9, 2017 Gov. Jay Inslee has issued Executive Order 17-02, Autonomous Vehicles Testing and Technology in Washington and Autonomous Vehicle Work Group... Read more

House Committees Hold Pair of Hearings Ahead of FAA Reform

May 15, 2017 Two House committees will hold hearings May 17-18 examining the Federal Aviation Administration and unmanned aircraft ahead of efforts to reauthorize the agency this summer. Funding for the... Read more

NAMIC's 100 Days of 2017

April 28, 2017 April 29 marks the official end of the first 100-days of the Trump administration. But rather than rehashing our president's record, I thought this would be a fitting time to... Read more

AMIC Meets With Transportation Secretary, Key Staff on AVs, Drones

April 24, 2017 Tom Karol, NAMIC's general counsel - federal, met with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao April 19 as part of a delegation of the board of... Read more

NAMIC: Auto Insurance to Evolve, Not End, in the Age of Driverless Cars

April 19, 2017 Advances in automated driving systems are increasingly blurring the lines between who is in control, the driver or the vehicle, and this raises complex questions when something goes... Read more

NAMIC Meets With Michigan Senator on Autonomous Vehicles

April 17, 2017 The Insurance Institute of Michigan sponsored a roundtable discussion with Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., April 12 on autonomous vehicles insurance issues and regulatory responses. NAMIC was invited to attend the meeting along with... Read more

NAMIC to Release White Paper on Autonomous Vehicles, Holds First Meeting of Policy Council

April 17, 2017 NAMIC is set to release one of the insurance industry's first looks at the policy implications for insurers surrounding the development of autonomous vehicle, or AV technology. In the white paper... Read more

Georgia: General Assembly Adjourns

April 5, 2017 The 2017 Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die March 30. The governor will have 40 days to decide to either sign or veto bills or allow them to become law without his signature. According to a... Read more

NAMIC Appears Before House Transportation Committee to Discuss Driverless Cars

April 3, 2017 Tom Karol, NAMIC’s general counsel-federal, appeared before House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., Highway Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., and other members March 28 to discuss... Read more

NAMIC Asked to Participate as House of Representatives Examine Driverless Cars

March 27, 2017 Following an educational campaign on Capitol Hill earlier this year, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has invited... Read more

Georgia: Autonomous Vehicles Bill Bubbles Up Just Before Crossover Day

March 8, 2017 Seemingly out of nowhere, legislation related to autonomous vehicles bubbled up at the Georgia General Assembly during the week leading up to... Read more

House Subcommittee Looks at Manufacture of Autonomous Vehicles

February 21, 2017 The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing Feb. 14 examining the benefits of and... Read more

Key House Subcommittee to Explore the Manufacture of Autonomous Vehicles

February 13, 2017 Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, will hold a hearing Feb. 14 examining the benefits of, and challenges associated with, the development and deployment of... Read more

Nine Republicans Join Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

January 23, 2017 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., announced Jan. 13 the appointment of nine new Republican members to the committee. The following will serve on the committee in the 115th Congress... Read more

Transportation, NHTSA Propose V2V Communications Standards

January 17, 2017 The Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Jan. 12 that proposes to... Read more

Senate to Consider Several Trump Cabinet Nominees This Week

January 9, 2017 Members of the Senate are set to begin the consideration of several candidates poised to join the cabinet of President-elect Trump. The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be... Read more

NAMIC Invited to Participate at NHTSA Autonomous Vehicle Meeting

December 12, 2016 On the heels of Congress examining autonomous vehicles, NAMIC’s Tom Karol will serve on a panel to discuss the emerging technology at a Dec. 12 meeting hosted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The meeting is... Read more

House Subcommittee Discusses Autonomous Vehicles, Insurance

December 12, 2016 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a roundtable discussion Dec. 6 to explore the development of autonomous vehicles and how this technology could shape the future of... Read more

House Subcommittee to Discuss Autonomous Vehicle Provisions in Highway Bill

December 5, 2016 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will hold a roundtable discussion Dec. 6 to explore the development of autonomous vehicles and how this technology could shape the future of... Read more

Lawmakers Explore Autonomous Vehicles

November 21, 2016 The House and Senate held a pair of hearings recently to consider the emerging issues associated with the ongoing development of autonomous vehicles. In a Nov. 15 hearing titled... Read more

South Carolina: Regulator-Industry Meetings Enhance Cooperation, Coordination on Legislative Efforts

November 18, 2016 NAMIC participated in the South Carolina Department of Insurance’s fourth annual Legislative and Regulatory Outlook Conference on Nov. 9. Following an hour-long meet and greet with... Read more

DOT to Form Advisory Team for Unmanned Vehicles Policy

October 24, 2016 The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the establishment of an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation and solicitation of nominations for... Read more

NHTSA Unveils Federal Autonomous Policy Guidance

September 23, 2016 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a Notice and Request for Comment Sept. 23 on its new Federal Automated Vehicle Policy. NHTSA is part of... Read more

Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance Holds August Meeting

September 6, 2016 The Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance convened its latest open meeting Aug. 18 at the Treasury Department Building in Washington, D.C. The FACI was formed to provide advice and recommendations to the... Read more

Senate Holds Hearing on Drones, Will Examine Autonomous Vehicles

March 14, 2016 The Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee examined the commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, at a March 10 hearing. The hearing, held the same day the Senate Commerce Committee unveiled a bill to reauthorize the Federal A... Read more

Georgia: Activity on UM Bad Faith, TNCs, Self-Evaluative Privilege, Other Bills Last Week

February 17, 2015 Georgia HB 303 , which would change drastically the statutory bad faith provisions of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 33-7-11, was introduced Feb. 10 and brought up Feb. 12 in a subcommittee of the House Civil Judiciary Committee. The sub... Read more

Georgia: E-Delivery/Posting Bill Passes

March 28, 2014 E-delivery/posting legislation, HB 645 , passed the Georgia General Assembly during the waning days of the session, which ended March 20. It is now on its way to the governor. After much debate, HB 643, e-discovery , will not become law as it was not ap... Read more