Currently, all autonomous cars on public roads must have a driver able to take over at any time, but federal approval of Level 4 autonomy would allow cars on the road without a human inside.
92 percent of cars run on oil at the current time, but ESLC believes government intervention to help the rise of hybrid or fully electric cars could reduce that to 50 percent by 2040.
Ultimately, we should allow Level 4 cars on roads as soon as they are as safe as today s vehicles, said Robbie Diamond, CEO of Secure America s Future Energy SAFE , of which ESLC is a division.
There is some evidence to suggest that autonomous cars are already safer than humans in cars, if we take the number of accidents per miles that Google has reported and compare it to human drivers.
It is the first draft that could legalize autonomous cars on highways, similar to the UK s recent legislative decision, announced during the Queen s Speech.
Other lobbying groups in D.C. have pushed for relaxed regulations on autonomous cars, including groups backed by Uber, Ford, and Google.