Law360 Quotes Tony LaRocca on Self Drive Act

September 11, 2017

Law360 quoted Tony LaRocca in a September 8 article titled “Three Takeaways From the Self-Driving Car Bill.” The article examines some of the highlights of the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution, or SELF DRIVE, Act that the House of Representatives passed in a voice vote on September 6. The bill is first-of-its-kind legislation governing how autonomous or self-driving cars are manufactured, tested and deployed in the United States and assures carmakers and technology companies that the federal government will take the wheel on safety standards offering long-sought regulatory clarity to advance the new frontier for automobiles.

Mr. LaRocca says: “It’s the same basic approach that we have toward regulating [traditional] automobile development. That remains in place. You don't have to get pre-approval, and there's no effort to disrupt the basic regulatory regime to cover this new technology. That’s a good thing. There’s a lot to be said for the current way the regulation is imposed on [the automotive industry].”

The full article can be read at Law360 (subscription required).