In testimony to Congress, Electrification Coalition VP Ben Prochazka made the energy security case for electrifying the U.S. vehicle fleet and retaining the federal EV tax credit.
Containing 27 sections covering topics ranging from AV safety to cybersecurity to consumer education, the passage of AV START would lead to a blizzard of regulatory proceedings over the next few years that prioritize road safety.
Exemptions allow companies to think outside the traditional vehicle box and produce safer and more fuel efficient and diverse fleets.
Federal preemption is the key provision of the Senate's autonomous vehicle legislation.
The release of the Senate's autonomous vehicle bill comes on the heels of the House overwhelmingly passing AV legislation during the summer. AVs are expected to significantly reduce traffic accidents, improve fuel efficiency, and increase access to transportation for the blind, the elderly, and the disabled.
Lawmakers are tackling AV issues such as federal preemption, safety standards, and exemptions for automakers, among other key concerns.
On the agenda at budget hearings this week will be energy innovation, the proper size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), offshore drilling, and oil production on public lands.
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.
With U.S. infrastructure in dire need of investment, lawmakers and business groups make the case for action but differ on approach.