Coalition Formed To Accelerate Self-Driving Car Technology Approval

A coalition has been established through the partnership between Alphabet, Ford, Lyft, Volvo and Uber to accelerate the pace of acceptance of self-driving car technology by lawmakers and regulators. This partnership between the self-driving vehicle division of Google, carmakers and the ride-sharing services is named as the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets.

The purpose of this coalition is to urge the federal government to change a few state driving legislations that could possibly delay the adoption of independent vehicle technology.

Furthermore, the group aims to operate in cooperation with civic organizations, municipalities and businesses to execute the plan of bringing self-driven vehicles to the roads and highways of the U.S. It has been forecasted by the U.S. Department of Transportation that the emergence of self-driving vehicles will be helpful in a considerable decrease in the number and severity of vehicle crashes.

Number of deaths that occurred on the roads of the nation reached 33,000 in 2015, out of which human faults were responsible for 94% of the road accidents. Meanwhile, motor vehicle accidents have become a primary reason of death in the age group of 15 to 29 years.

According to the counsel and spokesperson of the Coalition, David Strickland, Safety and congestion levels on the roads across the nation will improve with the adoption of self-driving vehicle technology. “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,” said Strickland.

The federal government released in a plan in January to undertake an expenditure of nearly $4 billion over a decade to speed up the advancement of self-driving cars. The first step to be taken by the Obama administration is to formulate a group of model regulations for the administration and the implementation of the technology on the roads across the United States.

A report published in USA TODAY revealed, “The coalition plans to work with policymakers to facilitate the deployment of self-driving cars, Strickland said in a statement, including creating “one clear set of federal standards” for autonomous vehicles.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that last year there were 33,000 fatalities on U.S. roads. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people 15 to 29 years old, and an estimated 94 percent of road accidents are caused by human error. The Transportation Department believes self-driving vehicles could help to significantly reduce the severity and frequency of crashes.

“But one Saturday morning in March, Google did just that. A small convoy of its driverless cars cruised into the fading asphalt parking lot to give test drives – test rides, actually – to American mayors visiting Austin’s annual South by Southwest tech-and-culture festival,” according to a news report published by Venture Beat.

But before that happens, Google needs to change regulations – the federal, state and local edicts that cover everything from whether cars must have steering wheels to who’s at fault if a driverless car hits another vehicle. And so behind the technology display here in Austin was something as formidable as the technology but far less noticed: Google is mounting a lobbying and public-relations campaign across America to win acceptance for “autonomous vehicles,” as they’re formally known, and to shape the rules of the driverless road.

According to a report in Fortune by Kirsten Korosec, “Starting next year, families will drive a limited number of semi-autonomous cars on London’s streets so that Volvo and its partner, Thatcham Research, can collect and analyze driving data in real-world driving conditions. In 2018, the project will expand to include 100 fully autonomous cars—which means the car takes over all safety-critical functions and monitors roadway conditions.”

“Autonomous driving represents a leap forward in car safety,” Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive said in a statement. “The sooner autonomous driving cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.”

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