Autonomous Vehicles

Advocates’ Statement on Infrastructure Week

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As Infrastructure Week kicks off, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) stresses the strong and historic connection between infrastructure legislation and safety advances.  All major infrastructure bills have included a safety title targeted at advancing safer cars, safer roads and safer drivers.  Recent calls for infrastructure improvements and investment, highlighted during this particular week, should be no different.

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Letter on Pausing Driverless Car Bill Until Uber, Tesla Crash Investigations are Complete

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Leading state and national stakeholders representing safety, public health, bicyclists, pedestrians, smart growth, consumer and environmental organizations, law enforcement and first responders, disability communities, and individuals affected by motor vehicle crashes asked the U.S. Senate to back off plans to move the AV START Act (S. 1885) that could set driverless car policy for decades to come until the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) completes important investigations into recent crashes involving automated driving systems that have killed at least two people – including a pedestrian walking a bicycle.

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Advocates Letter to Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers About Driverless Car Legislation

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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety sent a letter to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers refuting the auto industry trade group’s misleading statement at the Politico Live event, “Safety in the Driverless Age” on Thursday, April 19 that had the AV START Act (S. 1885) been law, the public would know “a lot more” about why an Uber autonomous vehicle (AV) car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona last month.

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Advocates’ Statement on Uber Driverless Car Crash

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Last night’s fatal crash in Arizona, in which a pedestrian was killed by an Uber operating in autonomous mode, is a startling and tragic reminder that there are real-world consequences to putting unproven autonomous vehicles (AVs), or driverless cars, on the road without proper safeguards and oversight. Crashes like this one are precisely what we have been worried about and are the reason why we have repeatedly called on Congress to make crucial safety improvements to legislation that would open the floodgates for millions of driverless cars to be sold to the public.

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