Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) sent this statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for the hearing “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles” on June 14, 2017. A summary of the statement is available here. As the proverbial “way is paved” for AVs, it is critical to ensure public safety and that industry not be given free rein on our roads and highways without a system of basic safeguards and oversight in place. Also, states should not be pre-empted from taking action to protect their motorists in the absence of federal oversight and regulation.
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