A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee recently approved a proposal allowing automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without satisfying current auto safety standards. The bill, H.R. 3388, will proceed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The proposed legislation would require automakers to submit safety assessment reports to regulators but would not require pre-market approval of advanced vehicle technologies. To be exempt from meeting safety standards, automakers would have to show that their self-driving vehicles function as intended and contain fail-safe features. If passed, this legislation would be a significant step towards creating a federal standard for self-driving vehicles and would preempt current state laws trying to impose barriers to deployment. While states would continue to regulate registration, licensing, liability, insurance and safety inspections, they would not be able to set self-driving car performance standards.