The Alliance for Automotive Innovation recently unveiled a four-year plan that outlines policy recommendations intended to foster autonomous vehicle testing and deployment in the U.S.
The new plan is framed as a “roadmap” with 14 specific policy recommendations in several key areas, including reform regulations for AV deployment at scale, harmonizing federal, state, and international policies, and fostering long-term objectives.
“We are at a pivotal time on the pathway to a cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation future,” the Alliance writes in the introduction of its regulation roadmap. “There is no doubt that Level 3-5 automated vehicles (AVs) are an important component of this future. Focused and sustained leadership from policymakers is required to ensure this technology and its benefits are realized, using the following four-year action plan and 14 policy recommendations.”
Some of the highlights from the list of Alliance recommendations include the creation of a new vehicle class for AVs, coordination among state AV policies and alignment of state traffic laws, and the promotion of industry standards for AVs, plus preparation of roadway infrastructure for long-term AV usage.
Check out the complete list of recommendations in the source link at the bottom of this post.
The Alliance for Automotive Innovation represents the majority of major automakers in the U.S., including General Motors, as well as Toyota Motor Corp, Ford Motor Co., and Volkswagen Group. The Alliance also includes critical suppliers and tech companies currently developing autonomous vehicle technology.
General Motors unveiled its very first fully autonomous vehicle, Cruise Origin, back in January of 2020. Cruise Origin is a fully electric autonomous taxi developed by Cruise Automation, GM’s AV subsidiary, and features copious interior room with opposing bench seating and ceiling-mounted screens. Origin is intended to provide ride-sharing transportation solutions, all without a human pilot.
Additionally, General Motors offers the Super Cruise semi-autonomous drive system, which enables drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel on select stretches of highway. GM is expected to introduce a more advanced semi-autonomous system called Ultra Cruise that will succeed the current Super Cruise system.