Statement of John Bozzella, Association of Global Automakers' President and CEO, before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Oversight Hearing of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held on April 14, 2016.
Executive Summary of John Bozzella's Testimony
- Global Automakers members are improving the safety of vehicles on the road today and revolutionizing vehicle travel in the future. As outlined in the Proactive Safety Principles, automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working collaboratively to improve automotive safety.
- The automotive industry is driving an unprecedented wave of innovation that is redefining transportation. Advancements in connected and automated vehicle technology present enormous opportunities for further improving auto safety and enhancing mobility.
- The federal government, working closely with stakeholders, must quickly expand its leadership role to ensure the development of policies that foster rather than inhibit innovation. Congress and federal regulators should lead a national approach for the regulation of automated and connected vehicles to prevent a patchwork of different state standards.
- Global Automakers urges the federal government to advance the pending rulemaking to mandate connected technology in new vehicles. The deployment of Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) in the 5.9 GHz spectrum band will revolutionize the future of auto safety and transportation by enabling vehicles to communicate with each other and with infrastructure to support safety-critical applications, as well as mobility and environmental applications. The federal rulemaking will expedite deployment and set clear equipment standards that ensure interoperability among all vehicle makes and models.
- Automotive innovation in the automated and connected space is creating tremendous benefits, yet brings with it new challenges that must be addressed. Automakers have launched industry-led initiatives to address these emerging issues because we need to assure consumers that they can safely and reliably benefit from these technological advances, and because we believe that industry-led approaches can provide greater flexibility to respond in this dynamic environment.
- Government and industry stakeholders must work collaboratively to encourage innovation and help realize the benefits that new technologies will bring.