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Uber Drivers' In SF, Phoenix And Pittsburgh Could Feel The Impact Of SDC's This Year

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This House unanimously approved the self driving car bill that gives manufacturers more leeway to test their vehicles by allowing the industry to put up to 100,000 vehicles on the road annually with exemptions from federal safety standards.

My guess is most of the 100,000 cars will go to cities already testing SDC's and are already 3D mapped; San Francisco, Phoenix and Pittsburgh. And into SDC rideshare systems already operational like; Uber, Google and Gm. If 33,000 SDC's go into each city, how will that affect current Uber drivers? The cars will still have a safety driver but the pax won't be taking a regular Uber. I'm not saying it's going to happen this year, but it could. All the pieces are in place.


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I hadn't thought of it from this point of view. Excellent point.
What do they mean by exemptions from fed safety standards. Are they referring to the SDC part that's not fully tested? Cause I'm guessing they're going to use off the shelf cars like they're doing now.
So, twofold IIRC:

One is in the bill. They will not be held to crash safety standards but, as I understand it, it's for the road testing portion only, not live fleets.

When they open SDC TNC fleets they will probably use small and low speed electric cars in urban areas which are already exempt from crash safety standards.
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