WASHINGTON -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra met with two key U.S. senators on Thursday as the automaker pushes for legislation to speed deployment of self-driving vehicles on U.S. roads.
Barra met with Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. Gary Peters, a fellow Democrat and a Commerce Committee member, the company confirmed.
Congress has been stymied for more than six years over legislation to ease regulations that would allow for the deployment of thousands of autonomous vehicles.
"We must act to ensure U.S. manufacturers can compete with countries like China, create jobs here and improve roadway safety," said Peters, who represents Michigan, where GM is based. He added that Barra discussed with the lawmakers "the future of mobility -- including autonomous vehicles."