for Securing America’s Future Energy
Panelists at an event on Capitol Hill emphasized the importance of taking advantage of today’s environment to shape technological changes in the transportation sector for the benefit of the public interest and to mitigate any unintended consequences.
"The more miles that autonomous vehicles travel—on different roads, in different environments, and under various weather conditions—the more quickly their safety improves."
'Fuel economy regulations are a preemptive strike against collusion and market-distorting behavior. In fact, current regulations will eliminate 12 billion barrels of oil imports between 2015 and 2040.'
While consumers are expected to warm to self-driving vehicles over time, the auto industry has adapted quickly, embracing autonomous technology and driving innovation.
There’s growing evidence of the natural link between autonomous and electric vehicles.
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.
The biggest impacts in AV innovation may well be experienced by the six million disabled people in the U.S. who have difficulty accessing the transportation they need every day.
To help guide watchdogs, industry, and lawmakers in this key transition period, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) released its public policy recommendations for dealing with the rollout of AVs in an effort to build public confidence and design a flexible regulatory framework.
One major sector of the economy, the trucking industry, promises to see enormous changes from autonomy, many of which will be for the better.