Many Vehicle Makers Want to Standardize Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles are practically here. What once was a dream for the future has become today’s reality and car makers want to speed up the process even faster. General Motors, Volvo, Toyota and ride sharing company Lyft are pressuring the US government to adopt laws to standardize testing and use of autonomous vehicles. The companies gave a series of testimonies to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee last week.
As of right now there are few standardization’s in place. Most, if any autonomous vehicle regulations are at the state level. Some states are much more strict than others on the testing front.
In a surprise to the industry, Tesla, Uber and Google were not a part of the effort last week. They are also big players in the autonomous vehicle world. However, the fact that car makers are working together to get standardization in the industry shows how important they believe this technology is. It is proven that many functions going into autonomous vehicles will significantly increase safety and reduce fuel usage. One of the 10 US sites chosen by the US Department of Transportation is in Florida at Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners.
General Motors VP of Global Strategy Michael Ableson said in his testimony, “Self-driving cars won’t drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol, they won’t be distracted by a cell phone, they won’t drive drowsy or recklessly, and their speed will be limited to that of the local laws and conditions. “For years, auto makers have committed our resources to protecting passengers when crashes do happen. Today, through the continuing development of technology, we have the further opportunity to avoid crashes altogether.”
Now that is something we are definitely in support of. To many are injured and killed every year due to preventable accidents.