Alliance Statement on Senate Commerce Committee Unanimous Approval of the START Act


Automakers continue advancing the safe testing and deployment of important self-driving vehicle technologies and the START Act is a critical step to helping save lives on our roads and transform mobility for millions across the country.

Last year, 40,000 lives were lost on our roadways, and human error played a role in 94 percent of them. That means Congress has the opportunity to help reduce the overall number of crashes and injuries with innovative vehicle technologies that otherwise could be held back with outdated regulation and laws.

The START Act strikes the appropriate balance between state and federal responsibilities and in the process will help create new transportation options for the disabled, conserve energy and create jobs. We applaud the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s action on this important legislation, especially the work of Chairman John Thune, Senator Gary Peters, and Ranking Member Bill Nelson. We look forward to Senate action in the near future, especially with the unanimous House passage of that chamber’s companion self-driving vehicle bill (H.R. 3388).

The START Act also is cosponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).