Require AVs to 'see' bicyclists and pedestrians


The Senate is hoping to pass Senate Bill 1885: The AV START Act this week!

The bill will increase tenfold the number of autonomous vehicles on the roads- making them available for sale while exempting them from current safety standards, without requiring those vehicles to pass a federal safety standard proving they can "see" bicyclists and pedestrians.

Bill supporters nehope to pass the bill this October so we need your help now!

When human drivers apply for a driver’s license we have to pass a vision test. The League believes that all automated driving systems should first have to pass a "vision test" as well — proving their ability to recognize and respond to people bicycling,walking and using wheel chairs, before they are on community street.

If the bill doesn't pass this year, it will expire. That would give us an opportunity to write a regulatory framework that includes safeguards for all road users- including bicyclists and pedestrians.

Please join the League in asking Senators to vote NO on the AV START Act. 




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You can find more information about the League of American Bicyclists' work on automated vehicles on our blog. For a quick summary of our actions since 2014 see this post. The League is actively working with insurance groups and others to make sure that the promised benefits of automated vehicles are realized, read more about these efforts in our latest blog post.

Thank you for taking action!

The AV START Act is the first federal legislation on automated vehicles. This important law should put safety first by requiring that all automated driving systems pass a “vision test” – a uniform performance standard that proves those systems can accurately detect, recognize, anticipate, and respond to the movements of all transportation systems users – including bicyclists and pedestrians.

Please let your Senator know that you support putting safety first and that AV START Act only puts safety first if it creates a performance standard for safety.

As citizens, consumers, and bicyclists we need to know whether automated vehicles are safe - through public testing and data on performance.