Automated vehicles focus of Senate committee hearing

November 18, 2019

Mark Schremmer


A Senate committee hearing this week will focus on federal perspectives regarding highly automated vehicles.

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Highly Automated Vehicles: Federal Perspectives on the Deployment of Safety Technology” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The hearing will include witnesses from the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to discuss the safe testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, self-driving vehicles, or driverless vehicles.

According to the hearing agenda, witnesses will discuss recommendations for realizing the potential safety, mobility and efficiency benefits of automated vehicles.

The witnesses will be Robert Sumwalt, chairman of NTSB; Joel Szabat, acting under secretary of transportation for policy; and James Owens, acting administrator of NHTSA.

Watch the hearing

A live video of the hearing will be available here.

In May, FMCSA and NHTSA published advance notices of proposed rulemaking regarding automated vehicles.