Legislative and Regulatory Activity Must Liberate Innovation, Not Inhibit It.
Automakers have made enormous progress in saving lives on America’s roadways by improving crash worthiness and incorporating life-saving equipment into vehicles today. The industry’s next big material leap forward lies in avoiding crashes altogether through the continued development and deployment of automated technologies. Auto Alliance members continue to be forward leaning and are rapidly reinventing the automobile to redefine the future of mobility.
Automakers are bringing automated vehicles to market as soon as possible. Already autos are on sale with radar, lidar, sensors and cameras that provide assists to drivers, and these technologies are part of the evolutionary process leading to self-driving cars in the future. In addition to reduced motor vehicle crashes, fatalities, injuries, and property damage, Level 4 and Level 5 fully Automated Driving Systems (ADS) promise multiple benefits, including:
- Enhanced mobility for the young, the elderly, and the disabled;
- Increased roadway use capacity;
- Reduced traffic congestion;
- Expanded economic productivity;
- Increased fuel efficiency;
- Lower emissions;
- Increased alternative energy use; and
- More efficient land use.
As automakers continue to pioneer these technologies in concert with hundreds of global technology partners, the Alliance urges federal and state governments to aid in facilitating the introduction of these technologies. Establishing premature certification requirements, test procedures and performance criteria, dictating technology-specific approaches, or adopting a patchwork of ill-timed competing state rules would only inhibit vehicle innovation and limit these important life-saving safety improvements.