The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) provided statements emphasizing the importance of balanced and collaborative policy decisions related to automated vehicles (AVs) at the California DMV Autonomous Vehicle Workshop today.
“Our members are making significant investments in improving the safety and fuel efficiency of vehicles through ongoing development of automated vehicle technologies,” said John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers. “Policy decisions on such transformative technology, especially while in the developmental stages, should be a shared effort between state and federal government, industry and other major stakeholders.”
Automated technologies, which include automated braking, lane keep assist and soon the implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, promise improvements in personal mobility, vehicle safety, fuel efficiency, emissions and highway congestion. While AVs hold great potential for consumers and the environment, these advanced systems are still evolving.
“We support a nationwide approach to addressing automated vehicles that is consistent and balanced, and remains flexible enough to adapt as the technology continues to evolve,” said Bozzella. “Initial standards set by policymakers in this area will affect the pace of innovation and how quickly consumers are able to realize the significant benefits.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced it will begin working this year with state governments, industry and other stakeholders on a model state policy that offers a path to consistent national policy and guidance on the safe deployment and operation of automated vehicles. Global Automakers looks forward to working collaboratively to achieve the potential of these advanced vehicle technologies.
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.