Media Alert: Diverse Coalition of Stakeholders to Outline a Path Forward on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation that Puts People First

  • November 25, 2020
150 150 Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
MONDAY 11/30/20, 2:30 PM EST
CONTACT: Pete Daniels, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety / 301-442-2249 (C)



Diverse Coalition of Stakeholders to Outline a Path Forward on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation that Puts People First

Autonomous Vehicle Tenets Prioritize Safety, Accessibility, Protection of All Road Users, Local Control, Consumer & Workforce Rights, and Sustainability

Monday November 30, 2020 at 2:30 pm EST

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) hold tremendous potential in the future for reducing traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries, and increasing mobility if they are developed and deployed in a way that prioritizes safety, equity, accessibility and sustainability.  Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has taken a hands-off approach to hands-free driving when what is actually needed is all hands on deck.  Additionally, on the path to AVs, numerous lives could be saved now by requiring proven crash avoidance technology as standard equipment with minimum safety standards in new vehicles.

These tenets are supported by more than 55 stakeholder groups and were thoughtfully crafted based on expert analysis, real-world experience and public opinion.  Building AV legislation upon these tenets will allow innovation to thrive, mitigate known and foreseeable negative impacts, and enable this transformational technology to meaningfully fulfill its future promise.  We will be urging our Nation’s leaders to use this document as the “GPS,” the way to “guarantee public safety,” as AV development and deployment moves forward.


Cathy Chase, Moderator
President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

Dara Baldwin
Director of National Policy, Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR)

Marco Conner DiAquoi
Deputy Director, Transportation Alternatives

Jack Gillis
Executive Director, Consumer Federation of America and Author, “The Car Book”

Scott Goldstein
Policy Director, Transportation for America

Stephen W. Hargarten, MD, MPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine Affiliate Faculty, Comprehensive Injury Center
Associate Dean Office Global Health, Medical College of Wisconsin

Sam Loesche
Legislative Representative, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Ken McLeod
Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists

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

William Wallace
Manager, Safety Policy, Consumer Reports

NOTE: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided during remarks and Q&A

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