Technology in Transportation

July 8, 2019

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What’s pending and what’s on the horizon – an update from McGuireWoods Consulting’s Emerging Technologies team on driverless cars, drones and supersonic aircraft.

Driverless Cars

 car Expect the House and perhaps the Senate to introduce companion bills to promote the development of driverless vehicles following the July 4 recess. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration is seeking comments on how to accommodate advanced driving system technologies in commercial motor vehicles.



 drone The main focus is on when the Federal Aviation Administration will publish a proposed rule to require remote identification of drones. Remote ID will address safety, security and privacy concerns, and is essential to the development of an unmanned traffic management system. Also expected by the end of this summer is a proposed rule to implement restrictions on drone operations over and near critical infrastructure facilities.


Supersonic Aircraft

 plane The FAA published a proposed rule on Special Authorizations for Supersonic Aircraft on June 28, 2019. The FAA is proposing to streamline the procedures to authorize supersonic aircraft operations for purposes of research and development. Supersonic aircraft operations over land for commercial purposes remain prohibited.


Read more in McGuireWoods Consulting’s Emerging Technologies Washington Update.