Media Alert: Capitol Hill Briefing on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    • January 7, 2020
    150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
    CONTACT:
    Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety:  Pete Daniels / 202-408-1711 / 301-442-2249 (C) / pdaniels@saferoads.org
    The Center for Auto Safety: Jason Levine / 202-328-7700 / contact@autosafety.org
    Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund: Carol Tyson / 202-878-9186 / ctyson@dredf.org
    League of American Bicyclists: Ken McLeod / 202-621-5447 / ken@bikeleague.org
    Transportation for America: Jenna Fortunati / 202-868-4108 / jenna.fortunati@t4america.org

     

    MEDIA ALERT:

    Capitol Hill Briefing on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    SAFETY = STANDARDS, TRANSPARENCY & ACCESSIBILITY

    DEPLOYMENT ≠ SAFETY

     

    WHEN: Monday, January 13, 10:00 am EST

    WHERE: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385

    WHO:

    Cathy Chase, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

    Jason Levine, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety

    Carol Tyson, Government Affairs Liaison, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

    Ken McLeod, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists

    Scott Goldstein, Policy Director, Transportation for America

    Michael Replogle, Deputy Commissioner for Policy for the New York City Department of Transportation

     

    MORE INFORMATION:

    Autonomous vehicles (AVs) hold tremendous potential for reducing traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries, and increasing mobility if they are developed and deployed in a way that prioritizes safety.  The rush to allow this experimental technology to be sold, also referred to as deployment, comes amid widespread concerns about its readiness to deal with the complexities of our roads and accessibility.  Public skepticism is high, and experts, including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), have identified major safety problems with driverless technology and the lack of federal oversight of companies currently testing AVs.

    This briefing offers an opportunity to hear from members of a diverse coalition on safeguards needed in any potential federal AV legislation:

    • Prioritizing safety for all road users including motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, transit riders, and cyclists
    • Ensuring safety for occupants and access for everyone, including people across the broad spectrum of disability
    • Preserving local control to protect motorists, road users and consumers
    • Providing appropriate data to consumers and local authorities
    • Equipping the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the resources and authorities it needs to oversee this new technology

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