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New Vehicle Technologies

U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Held a Hearing on Vehicle Technology and Drunk Driving

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing on “Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving”. In her opening statement, Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) stated, “we have addressed a number of auto safety issues over the years…[but] we have not really addressed the number one cause of death on America’s roadways – drunk driving.” Committee members discussed ignition interlock devices and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) research with the auto industry of new alcohol-detection technology.

Witnesses:

  • The Hon. Joan Claybrook, Board Member, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
  • Helen Witty, National President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • David Kelly, Executive Director, Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers
  • Robert Strassburger, President & CEO, Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc.

To view the hearing in its entirety, click here.

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House Republicans Send Letter to Energy and Commerce Committee (HECC) in Support of AV Legislation

This week U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH) sent House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. a letter requesting once again that the Committee take up self-driving vehicle legislation. Last Congress, the Committee put together a bipartisan bill, the SELF DRIVE Act, that passed in the House but, ultimately, failed to be considered on the Senate floor. The letter outlines the positive impact self-driving legislation would have to the American public including the potential to save lives, increase mobility for those without easy access to public transportation and maintaining international competitiveness.

To read the full letter sent to Chairman Pallone, click here.

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