Autonomous Vehicles

Advocates’ Statement on DC Auto Show’s Missing Driverless Cars

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Despite all the hype, driverless cars were a no-show at the D.C. Auto Show. This weekend, I went to the convention center thinking I would experience “the latest and greatest” autonomous vehicle (AV) technology about which automakers have been boasting. They have been claiming that AVs, also referred to as driverless cars, are a panacea to motor vehicle crashes. Yet, on display were only a few “concept cars,” which are futuristic and not ready for sales. This was surprising especially considering that just last Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on AVs in conjunction with the auto show during which some Committee members spoke of the urgency to pass legislation to allow for the immediate sale to the public of hundreds of thousands of AVs with exemptions from current federal motor vehicle safety standards.

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Advocates’ Statement on Autonomous Vehicles to the Senate Commerce Committee

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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety sent the following statement to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for a hearing entitled Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies.”

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Letter to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Autonomous Vehicles

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In preparation for tomorrow morning’s hearing, “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies” by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, leading organizations representing consumers, safety advocates, persons with disabilities, law enforcement, and victims and survivors of motor vehicle crashes sent a letter voicing strong concerns about the AV START Act, S. 1885.  A more detailed statement from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety will be submitted to the Committee tomorrow morning.

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Advocates Releases 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws

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Today, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), released the 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. This is the 15th edition of an annual report that rates all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) on the adoption of 16 fundamental traffic safety laws. This “report card” exposes over 400 missing safety laws nationwide. It is an essential tool that state elected officials should use to improve roadway safety for all motorists as 2018 state legislative sessions kick off. 

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