Federal Policy Agenda
Autonomous Vehicles Principles
- The development of autonomous vehicles will enable
tremendous societal benefits through improved transportation, while reducing the
inefficiency and error associated with human operators.
- TechNet supports implementation of a uniform national
legal framework that allows and promotes fully autonomous operation of roadway and
- TechNet opposes
laws or regulations that require human control and intervention capabilities, place
unreasonable operating restrictions, or inhibit the use of technology on autonomous
- TechNet supports congressional efforts that
would give the Secretary of Transportation additional authority to provide autonomous
vehicle manufacturers and developers exemptions from certain Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards (FMVSS) to facilitate the development and deployment of life-saving
- UAS are a technological platform of the future
and are already providing services in many areas, including real estate, agriculture,
and the entertainment industry.
- TechNet values the innovation that UAS bring to
these and other industries, especially as their use and technology continues to
evolve. As UAS use grows, TechNet recognizes
and understands that safety and privacy concerns are important and should be addressed.
- TechNet supports solutions that address responsible
use of UAS and believes that technology can best address these concerns. However, manufacturers and users are facing increasing
legislation in most states that seek to restrict the use of UAS, often based on
arbitrary data and restrictions.
- Any legislative and regulatory proposals should
be technology- and sector- neutral. Targeted
legislation will lead to inefficiencies and inconsistencies in how laws are applied
and could slow technological solutions and growth.
- TechNet supports the deliberative processes at
the FAA and NTIA that are developing consensus best practices.