Federal Policy Agenda


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Autonomous Vehicles/UAS/Drones

Autonomous Vehicles Principles

  • The development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) 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 aerial vehicles, and ensures that AVs will be safe for the road.
  • TechNet opposes laws and regulations that require human control and intervention capabilities, place unreasonable operating restrictions, or inhibit the use of technology on AVs.
  • Any federal laws and regulations that are adopted must encourage self-driving technology to be better, safer, and more reliable.
  • Any federal laws or regulations should apply equally to existing companies as well as new entrants.
  • TechNet supports congressional efforts that would give the Secretary of Transportation additional authority to provide AV manufacturers and developers exemptions from certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to facilitate the development and deployment of life-saving AV technologies.  TechNet supports formal study of the intersection between AVs and alternative fueling infrastructure technology and availability.  We believe that greater buildout of alternative fueling infrastructure will foster and accelerate adoption of AVs.
  • TechNet supports voluntary compliance with the guidelines outlined in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) framework “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety” (Sept. 2017).

Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Drones Principles

  • Unmanned aircraft systems (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 seeks 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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) that are developing consensus best practices.
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