For Immediate Release
Rep. Walters Introduces Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation to Make Orange County Roads Safer
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Mimi Walters released the following statement regarding the introduction of the Maximizing Opportunities for Research and Enhancement of Autonomous Vehicles Act (MORE Act).
The MORE Act would allow new entrants to the automobile industry, such as technology and ride-sharing companies, to test self-driving vehicle technology in interstate commerce. This legislation is critical to the advancement of self-driving vehicle technology, as it will establish guidelines for testing of this life-saving technology.
The MORE Act is an integral part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan efforts to advance this emerging technology that will save lives, reduce traffic accidents, increase mobility, and significantly reduce congestion on busy Southern California roads.
Said Rep. Walters: “My House Energy and Commerce Committee colleagues and I have been working this year to advance self-driving vehicle reforms to encourage deployment of this growing technology. I am proud that my bill, the MORE Act, will be included in this groundbreaking bipartisan legislation.
“In 2016, my home state of California had 3,680 motor vehicle deaths, a 13 percent increase from 2015. Orange County alone accounts for over 150 traffic fatalities per year. Sadly, these numbers are expected to rise.
“Self-driving vehicles have the potential to revolutionize our society. Estimates predict that this technology could save nearly 300,000 lives per decade, underscoring the importance of Congress’ role in fostering self-driving vehicle technology innovation.
“By promoting this developing technology, Congress is meeting the evolving safety challenges Americans face on our highways and roadways. The MORE Act is a good first step toward this goal.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.