for Autonomous Vehicle Policy
Legislators are concerned with balancing safety and innovation, while helping industry accelerate the development and deployment of AVs on U.S. roadways.
The absence of federal policy on autonomous vehicles is now at the point where it’s beginning to be problematic: The state-by-state regulatory patchwork that many stakeholders have cautioned against has materialized.
Instead of building its own autonomous cars, Lyft is forming partnerships to help it gain an advantage in the self-driving arena.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation on Thursday that ensures uniform regulations across the state. It also promises to bring critical testing and deployment to Colorado.
Graphics Highlighting the Need for Infrastructure Investment, Avoiding a Patchwork of AV Legislation
Rather than implementing a patchwork of state legislation, the U.S. will need a well-connected transportation system with national infrastructure standards in order to handle coming changes with AV technology.
House Panel Highlights the Need for Greater Consumer Education on AV Capabilities, and for a National Regulatory Framework
Both lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing noted that the transition period to full autonomy holds significant challenges, including integration of semi-autonomous features into the vehicle fleet.
Evangelos Simoudis of Synapse Partners in Silicon Valley speaks to The Fuse about how the transition to on-demand mobility will create a new value chain that produces jobs.
By looking at trip, parking, and demographic data, cities can mark deployment areas where autonomous vehicles will be immediately effective and can push for them to operate in those sections first.
While new data from California provides some insight to gains for AVs, the real story is the fact that the industry needs consistent monitoring and metrics nationwide to drive a deeper understanding of the technology and its capabilities.
Transparency in the industry and an effective regulatory framework are needed in order to deploy the new technology in a safe and effective manner and for society to see its full benefits.