Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo Cars and Waymo established the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets in April 2016 to work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of fully self-driving vehicles. The Coalition is comprised of companies with technical expertise and experience in the technology, automobile, and transportation network sectors. Bringing together their varied backgrounds, the companies formed the Self-Driving Coalition to advance the tremendous potential safety benefits of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology to consumers in the safest and swiftest manner possible.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has projected that fully self-driving vehicles could significantly reduce the severity and frequency of crashes and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 37,000 fatalities on America’s roads in 2017. An estimated 94% of road accidents are caused by human error, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people, aged 15-29 years.

Self-driving technology has the great potential to improve public safety, enhance for the elderly and disabled, reduce traffic congestion, improve environmental quality and advance transportation efficiency.

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