Proposed improvements to the bill, many of which reiterate long-held positions, include:
• Reducing the number of vehicles allowed exemptions from safety standards since they will be sold to the public.
• Removing provisions that preempt states and localities from regulating driving systems until NHTSA develops federal standards and regulations.
• Removing language that gives manufacturers complete freedom to disable vehicle systems, such as the steering wheel, at their own discretion.
• Establishing minimum performance standards for the computers that operate autonomous vehicles, including a "vision test" for determining whether the system can identify other cars, pedestrians, traffic signs and other surroundings.
• Requiring consumers be educated about the limitations and capabilities of self-driving cars at the point of sale.
• Increasing NHTSA's budget so it can adequately take on extra mission of regulating autonomous vehicles.
• Including Level 2 autonomous vehicles in critical safety provisions.
• Addressing the needs of people with disabilities, such as storage of wheelchairs.