January 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from President and CEO Dean Garfield, following an announcement by Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx of actions the agency intends to take regarding self-driving cars:

"Self-driving car technologies promise to transform our transportation system, with the potential to give mobility to many people who currently cannot drive, ease road congestion and fuel consumption, and reduce accidents and traffic fatalities. Initiatives like the Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge are a starting point to help spur cities to think about—and pursue—a more tech savvy future for their communities.”

“But for self-driving car technologies to truly take off, we will need to go beyond the current status quo. The current patchwork of state regulations was created for the last century, and when they fall short, they will limit the true potential of these new technologies. As our tech companies develop and road test new vehicle technologies, we'll be looking to the federal government to help be the bridge that is needed for self-driving cars to make the leap from being an R&D project to being in the marketplace and on the road. Today’s announcement by Secretary Foxx demonstrates DOT’s commitment to autonomous vehicle technology, and the many promising benefits it will bring to our society."

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