General Motors and Toyota plan to inform a House panel on Tuesday that automotive safety rules need to be changed to allow more autonomous vehicles to be deployed on U.S. roads.
In a written statement released in advance of the meeting, Mike Abelson, GM’s vice president of global strategy, said that automakers need to be able to test self-driving vehicles in larger numbers, otherwise “thousands of preventable deaths that could have been avoided will happen.”
According to advance testimony provided by Toyota Research Institute chief executive Gil Pratt, the federal government needs to address inconsistent standards and look towards deploying self-driving systems rather than simply testing them.
Sources familiar with the talks say that executives at major manufacturers have told President Donald Trump that regulations in some states are too restrictive and do not follow a common framework.
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