WASHINGTON — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is the latest organization to join the Coalition for Future Mobility, a stakeholder group calling for greater road safety, cleaner air and the development and deployment of Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV) technologies.
Founded in July 2017, the Coalition for Future Mobility advocates the advancement of legislation critical to the continued development of advanced, life-saving highway technologies in the U.S.
"This Congress has a tremendous opportunity to accelerate the deployment of automated technologies to save lives, reduce traffic congestion, reduce fuel use and carbon emissions, expand personal mobility and meet our nation's current and future infrastructure, environmental and economic challenges," according to an Aug. 17 press release.
Congress must provide clarity concerning federal and state roles in the development of rules and regulations involving HAVs, the coalition said. It also must direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to update current vehicle safety standards to accommodate HAVs, as well as expanding Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard exemptions to provide a safe mechanism for deploying HAV technologies, it said.
The Coalition for Future Mobility currently has 12 members, including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Global Automakers, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and the American Highway Users Alliance. More about the coalition's activities and the benefits of self-driving vehicles can be found at CoalitionforFutureMobility.com.