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Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Holds Hearing on The Future of Automotive Mobility, Safety and Technology

The Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports held a hearing entitled “Driving Innovation: the Future of Automotive Mobility, Safety and Technology.

The hearing featured witness testimony from John Bozzella, the President and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Ann Wilson, the Senior Vice President of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, Rana Abbas Taylor, from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Reuben Sarkar, the President and CEO of the American Center for Mobility.

During the hearing, Senators questioned witnesses on the status of automated vehicle technology, the future of the automobile industry, and improvements in automobile safety. Mr. Bozzella, from the Auto Innovators discussed the Alliance’s recent release of the L2 Driver Monitoring Principles, which set principles for vehicle monitoring systems while implementing assisted driving systems, such as automatic emergency brakes.

During his testimony, Mr. Bozzella stated that “a failure to encourage advanced vehicle technologies in the U.S. presents long-term risks to the U.S. economy and its workforce.” He highlighted four key areas that he believes “hold the greatest promise for modernizing and transforming government policies and programs to unlock significant American innovation: supply chain resilience, electrification, vehicle automation, and enhanced safety technology development”.

The witnesses discussed the importance of automation and the huge potential for increasing safety on our roads and preventing accidents and encouraged the lawmakers to consider regulations allowing vehicle manufacturers to test automated vehicles on our roadways. Additionally, the witnesses stressed the dire necessity for the United States to establish secure and resilient supply chains for electric vehicles and other new vehicle technologies in order to keep up with the international markets.

The senators and the witnesses all expressed optimism and excitement about the future of the auto industry—Mr. Bozzella went as far as to say that “nations that choose to lead the development and adoption of innovative technologies will potentially shape every aspect of transportation, from supply chains to the global marketplace”.


To watch the full hearing, click here.