Google has teamed up with Ford, Uber, Lyft, and Volvo to create the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets in a bid to protect the interests of self-driving car enthusiasts.
The self-driving lobbyists with the support of David Strickland, the former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are reportedly promoting the theory that self-driving vehicles are far better and safer than human drivers.
The NHTSA is responsible for framing regulations to monitor self-driving cars while ensuring safer and less-congested roadways in the US.
Talking about the group's objective, Strickland had this to say:
Self-driving vehicle technology will make America’s roadways safer and less congested… The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles.
Volvo plans to test 100 self-driving cars in China in the near future while Uber is erecting an imposing Pittsburgh-based facility for supporting autonomous vehicle research. Meanwhile, Ford is reportedly exploring its own self-driving options.
The combined effort of these tech giants could really shape the future of self-driving cars.
Last Updated 6:46 PM IST