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Although manufacturers are moving forward, Rodgers told FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto it’s important to pass legislation to establish a federal framework for commercialization.
Rodgers said the legislation would make clear that safety falls into federal jurisdiction and traffic patterns, licensing and registration would be included at the local level.
While the benefits of self-driving cars are vast, she said, they will be transformational in a lot of ways.
“When you think about 37,000 individuals that were killed on our roadways last year largely due to human error, you think about the movement of goods and people, all the congestion in America. You know, this would really create some efficiencies,” she explained.
McMorris believes it would also benefit people with disabilities and seniors.