Autonomous Vehicles

While Advocates is hopeful that autonomous vehicles (AVs), once subject to minimum performance requirements and robust oversight, may have the potential to meaningfully reduce crash deaths and injuries, currently they are being developed and deployed in a way that is insufficient to protect those in AVs and other road users.  Numerous public opinion polls show a high skepticism and fear about the technology, and for good reason.  Multiple crashes have occurred in the U.S. involving cars equipped with autonomous technology that are subject to investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Advocates has proposed regulations and safeguards to protect the public.  Moreover, Advocates is opposed to expanding exemptions from federal motor vehicle safety standards for AVs that will be sold to the public and tested on public roads.

Find out more about autonomous vehicle safety: AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE TENETS: A “GPS” to Guarantee Public Safety


Statement of Catherine Chase, president, on “The Future Of Automated Commercial Motor Vehicles: Impacts On Society, The Supply Chain, And U.S. Economic Leadership.” Submitted to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee On Highways and Transit – September 13, 2023

Advocates’ Public Opinion Poll on Driverless Cars and Trucks – March 7, 2023
Video: Virtual Capitol Hill Briefing-Expert Panel on Autonomous Vehicles – March 7, 2023