A new group, the Smart Transportation Innovation Coalition, has been formed of the auto industry and Silicon Valley members to advance connected-car, autonomous vehicle and safety technologies and to promote their benefits before federal policymakers and lawmakers.
The coalition includes:
- Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents Detroit’s automakers and Germany luxury brands among its 12 member companies
- Association of Global Automakers, which primarily represents Asian manufacturers
- National Automobile Dealers Association
- Information Technology Industry Council, a trade group representing nearly 60 technology firms including Apple, Google, Intel and Microsoft
- Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, which represents auto suppliers
- Intelligent Transportation Society of America
- Intelligent Car Coalition
In a letter to members of Congress, the Smart Transportation Innovation Coalition laid out a “new vision of transportation” enabled by advanced vehicle technologies, one where automatic braking reduces rear-end crashes, roadside transmitters alert drivers of icy conditions and self-driving cars can safely transport elderly people.
The Smart Transportation Innovation Coalition says it supports research and incentives “where appropriate” to promote advanced connectivity, safety and autonomous car systems.
“What we’re seeing is different players engaging in the same space now, and at the end of the day, we have the same perspective: that technology has some tremendous societal benefits,” said Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
He continued “We’re on the precipice of something very significant for society, and our job in part is to educate policymakers. The scope and nature of benefits is something that very few members [of Congress] appreciate.”