New Bill Wants To Protect People With Disabilities In Driverless Cars

New technologies and services often arrive at lightning speed long before the law catches up, but a pair of US Representatives are bucking that trend by introducing a new bill designed to protect people with disabilities in autonomous ride-hail vehicles.

The bill’s text is surprisingly brief, but it intends to legally protect passengers who do not hold a driver’s license due to their disability if something happens with the vehicle, like being pulled over by police or being involved in an accident. The Autonomous Vehicle Accessibility would prohibit states from issuing licenses that would prevent someone with a disability from using a Level 4 or 5 autonomous ride-hail service like Waymo.

A State shall not issue a motor vehicle operator’s license for the operation or use of an ADS-equipped vehicle operating at Level 4 or Level 5 in a manner that discriminates on the basis of disability against a qualified individual with a disability,” the bill reads.

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