Re: So they've founded a lobby
You have no doubt heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences and you probably hold a driver's license from the state in which you reside. States typically take great pains to insure that new license applicants know how to drive, understand the traffic laws, and can otherwise be trusted to drive safely; and they should, because people die in traffic accidents (and not just those at fault), so "minor glitches" can have very serious consequences; and those "pesky regulations" the coalition proposes to eliminate or streamline were frequently put there for very good reasons.
Clearly, the usual programming world in which any fool can distribute whatever software doesn't infringe on other people's copyrights or (unfortunately) patents isn't going to work here; nor is giving a single organization a franchise monopoly on writing such software. Software to drive self driving autos is going to have to be carefully tested and certified; ways provided for updating it and means established for making sure that only legally approved software is used for this purpose; and to insure that self-driving autos can't be hacked by any script kiddie with a computer and a two way radio. In short, self-driving autos are going to need to be licensed in much the same way human drivers are; and this is not going to be easy (humans are much harder to reprogram than computers are).
And if all of this is driven by a handful of self-interested firms with lots of money to spend on campaign contributions and PR ads; and led by executives with dollar signs in their eyes, I can guarantee that this is going to turn out *very* badly.
For years I've joked that the reason why people don't need drivers licenses to ride horses is that horses are smarter than cars, Unfortunately for the promoters of self-driving autos, so are humans (and not just the driver of the vehicle).