Federal Policy Agenda

Autonomous Vehicles, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Drones

Autonomous Vehicles Principles

·       Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have the potential to enable tremendous societal benefits through increased safety and improved transportation, while reducing the inefficiency and error associated with human operators.

·       TechNet supports implementation of a uniform national framework that facilitates the safe testing and operation of AVs.

·       TechNet opposes laws and regulations that require human control and intervention capabilities, implement unreasonable operating restrictions, or arbitrarily specify or prohibit the use of different technologies in AVs.

·       Federal laws and regulations should be technology-neutral, applying equally to all companies.

·      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 to facilitate the development and deployment of 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 framework “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety” (September 2017).

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Drones Principles 

·      Unmanned air craft systems (UAS) are a technological platform of the future and are already providing services in many areas, including public safety, real estate, agriculture, infrastructure inspection, medical and goods delivery, and the entertainment industry.

·      TechNet values the innovation that UAS bring to these and other industries, especially as their use and technology continue 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 and the National Telecommunications Information Administration that are developing consensus best practices.

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