All these strong players in the self-driving race have said they are forming a coalition to determine the US authorities to make the proper steps into allowing the further development of self-driving techs.
All the companies interested in the self-driving trend have been urging the US officials to offer proper regulatory laws so that the development of autonomous technologies can advance. Therefore, Ford, Volvo, Google, alongside Uber and Lyft ride-hailing companies, have decided to take further steps into this direction and to form The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets “to work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.” The alliance picked a former top official of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, David Strickland, to be their counsel and spokesman.
“The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards and the coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles,” Strickland said in a statement.
So far, companies have been stumbling on safety rules that are hampering autonomous testing on public roads, but Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has promised proper guidelines would be ready within a few months. Under current regulations, the law does not allow automated cars that do not have a licensed driver, a steering wheel and pedals to go out on the streets. This week, NHTSA is holding at Stanford University the second of two public forums on its self-driving car plans that will feature comments from tech companies and automakers.