Automakers and Tech Companies Form Self-Driving Cars Advocacy Coalition

A group of companies with significant stakes in the development of autonomous vehicle technology has formed a coalition to urge federal action on self-driving technology. The mission of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which consists of Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber, and Lyft, is to “work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.”

David Strickland will be the coalition’s counsel and spokesman. Strickland served as the chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration before leaving the agency in late 2013, and then joined Washington law firm Venable LLP.

Strickland said, “What people are looking for is clear rules of the road of what needs to be done for (fully autonomous) vehicles to be on the road.” He also emphasized that the group is “a full policy and messaging campaign and movement” and not just a lobbying operation.

Ford representatives said in a statement that the group will “work together to advocate for policy solutions that will support the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles.”

NHTSA is slated to release a set of guidelines for self-driving cars to states, policymakers, and companies in July.

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