What is the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets?

Founding members Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo Cars and Waymo established the Coalition to work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the potential safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles. One of the first tasks of the Coalition will be to work collaboratively with civic organizations, municipalities, and businesses to bring the vision of fully self-driving vehicles to America’s roads and highways.

Who makes up your current membership?

The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets is comprised of Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo Cars and Waymo, five of the world’s leading technology, ridesharing and automotive companies.

Who serves as the Coalition’s counsel and spokesperson?

David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator from 2010-2014, is the Coalition’s counsel and spokesperson. At NHTSA, Strickland issued the first-ever automated vehicle policy and served as a leader in campaigns to fight impaired and distracted driving.

What are the potential benefits of self-driving technology?

Fully self-driving vehicles can revolutionize how people, goods, and services move from one place to another. This technology could improve public safety, enhance mobility for the elderly and disabled, reduce traffic congestion, improve environmental quality, and advance transportation efficiency.

What are the goals and objectives of the Coalition?

Broadly, the members of the Coalition are united in their goal to bring safe, fully self-driving vehicles to U.S. roads and highways. The Coalition will work with policymakers to develop appropriate policies, guidelines and regulations that support the safe and swift deployment of fully self-driving vehicles. Self-driving vehicle technology has the potential to make America’s roadways safer and less congested. The best path for this innovation is to have one clear national framework, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of fully self-driving vehicles.

What is a fully self-driving vehicle?

The Coalition defines self-driving vehicles as those categorized as SAE Levels 4 and 5 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). At SAE Level 4 and above, vehicles will be equipped with sensing and computing systems that do not rely on a human to take over in any situation within a defined operation domain. In contrast, other levels of automation (L3 and below) vehicles incorporate features that provide convenience and added safety, with the driver having some active role in the driving process.

I’d like to learn more about the Coalition. How can I do that?

Please email us at info@selfdrivingcoalition.org to find out how you can get involved with the Coalition.

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