Companies which involve in making self driving cars are joining together to promote self driving cars to the government and hopefully, the government will come up with regulations and policies as soon as possible. The companies such as Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft and Volvo announced the formation of Self Driving Coalition for Safer Streets group to do just that.
The group will be headed by David Strickland. Strickland worked for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before appointed as the group’s counsel and spokesperson. NHTSA has been assigned by Department of Transportation to come up with a set of rules for self driving cars by early summer.
Strickland said that the best path for this innovation was to have one clear set of federal standards and the Coalition would work with policymakers to find the right solutions that would facilitate the deployment of self driving vehicles.
The group formation announcement happened before the second of two public hearings on self driving cars by NHTSA. The first public hearing held at DOT’s headquarters in Washington DC while the second was held at Stanford University.
Google heavy involvement in self driving cars was seen in the testing of dozens of self driving Lexus SUVs in three US cities. Ford, on the other hand, has been testing its own technology in Dearborn, Michigan campus. Uber built a research facility mainly to do research on self driving cars in Pittsburgh. Lyft was seen working with General Motors to create a sharing concept of autonomous cars while Volvo announced that the company will test 100 autonomous vehicles in China.