Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Greg Rogers
Autonomous Vehicles, Senate
AV Bills Are Gathering Momentum Once Again

ETW has learned from representatives of industry and advocacy groups engaged in the process that the AV START Act might be “hotlined” before the end of the month. This is a process where the Senate Republican and Democratic cloakrooms ask all their member offices “if, at the close of business today, unanimous consent were asked to approve this bill/resolution/nomination, would your Senator object?”

Autonomous Vehicles, USDOT
Congress, USDOT Reverse Course on Connected and Electric Vehicles

November 9, 2017 – This has been a big year for emerging vehicle technologies. President Trump praised American automakers on the campaign trail and afterwards, both chambers of Congress are expediting their automated vehicle (AV) legislation, and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao revised the federal government’s AV policies in September.

Amtrak, FMCSA, Nominations, NTSB, Senate Commerce Committee
Senate Commerce Questions Four Trump Transportation Nominees

November 1, 2017 – On October 31, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee convened a hearing to consider four of President Trump’s transportation nominees, amidst a growing backlog of transportation nominees in the upper chamber.

Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA
A Primer on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and AVs

October 27, 2017 – As Congress considers legislation that would preempt states from each creating their own motor vehicle standards for AVs, it is important to understand how vehicle standards have traditionally been set at the national level – and how standards for AVs may take an entirely different shape.

Aviation, Drones, FAA, UAS
Trump Directs USDOT to Establish New UAS Pilot Program

October 27, 2017 – On October 25, President Donald Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to establish a pilot program that will explore new commercial, public, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). 

California Prepares Driverless Testing Regulations for the Next Wave of AVs

October 20, 2017 – As automated vehicle technology is reaching maturity and capturing the public imagination, states are beginning to evaluate the second wave of AV regulations that will allow for the operation of truly driverless vehicles – and once again, California is leading the charge with a comprehensive set of regulations around how this technology will be operated on its roads.

Amtrak, House T&I Committee, Rail
House Panel Gathers Feedback from Rail Stakeholders

October 12, 2017 – On October 4, the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee convened a subcommittee hearing on infrastructure needs from the perspective of rail stakeholders. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), who chairs the Railroads, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, said that its purpose was to gather input from stakeholders as the Trump Administration prepares its infrastructure package.

Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA, Senate Commerce Committee
Side-by-Side Comparison of House and Senate Autonomous Vehicle Bills

October 6, 2017 – The ETW staff have completed a 22-page side-by-side analysis of our summary of the House autonomous vehicle regulation bill (H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act) as passed by the House last month and the Senate bill (S. 1885, the AV START Act) as amended and then approved in the Senate Commerce Committee earlier this week.

Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA, Senate Commerce Committee
Senate Commerce Advances Automated Vehicle Bill, “AV START”

October 4, 2017- Earlier today, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted to advance S. 1885, the AV START Act. The bill was drafted in a bipartisan process led by John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), who have been working in earnest with committee members and stakeholders throughout this year.

Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA
USDOT Revises Best Practices for State AV Policies (Pt. 3)

September 28, 2017 – This month, USDOT released an update to the federal government’s policy guidance for automated vehicles (AVs), titled Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety. In the interest of helping states prepare for the advent of AVs, the document included best practices for states considering AV policies.

Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA
USDOT Revamps Voluntary Guidance for AV Manufacturers (Pt. 2)

Although USDOT’s new voluntary guidance is focused on manufacturers, it addresses many of the questions that the transportation and city planning sectors – and society at large – have been asking: will AVs be capable of safe operation? How will humans interact with them? Are cybersecurity risks being addressed?

Autonomous Vehicles, House Energy & Commerce Committee, Senate Commerce Committee
Senate Prepares Its Own Autonomous Vehicles Regulation Proposal

On September 8, the Senate Commerce Committee circulated a preliminary draft of a bill that could create the nation’s first-ever laws around autonomous vehicles. ETW compares this draft with the SELF DRIVE Act recently passed by the House.

Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA
Secretary Chao Revamps Federal Policies for Automated Vehicles (Pt. 1)

September 12, 2017 Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its first revision to the federal government’s policies around automated vehicles (AVs). Speaking at the University of Michigan’s Mcity, a test site for advanced vehicle technologies, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao touted the document as a significant step towards a future of mobility that is safer, […]

Autonomous Vehicles, Senate Comm Committee
Senate Autonomous Vehicle Bill Now Expected to Include Self-Driving Trucks

On September 5, the House passed the SELF DRIVE Act – a bill that zoomed through the legislative process in a few short months with bipartisan support (almost) completely throughout.

But on the other side of the Hill, the upper chamber continues to live up to its reputation of being – as President James Buchanan put it best – “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”