TechNet Welcomes Congressional Action on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation
Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today welcomed the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s passage of legislation as a first step in developing clear and consistent federal safety standards for autonomous vehicles. The following statement can be attributed to TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore:
“Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology holds enormous promise to save lives, create jobs, and provide greater mobility and freedom to elderly Americans and persons with disabilities. In recent years, swift advances in AV technology have led state legislatures and regulators to respond with many common-sense policy proposals that put safety first, but also with many unnecessary burdens that threaten progress and are leading us towards a 50-state web of conflicting laws and regulations.
“As AV technology moves forward with the goal of getting self-driving cars on the road, we welcome the federal government’s engagement and the proper role it can play to develop uniform standards in areas where it makes sense. We applaud Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky’s (D-IL) bipartisan leadership on charting the right way to approach this issue. We look forward to further debate as this bill moves to the House floor, and to seeing Senate legislation in the near future.”
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level. TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups and the most iconic companies on the planet and represents more than 2.5 million employees in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, biotechnology, venture capital, and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, Boston, Seattle, Albany, and Tallahassee.