On February 17, 2021, Ariel Wolf was quoted in The Hill on the potential for autonomous vehicles to save lives. According to the article, congressional efforts to regulate autonomous vehicles have largely been bipartisan, but bills in both the House and Senate have struggled to advance over concerns about safety provisions. The inability to get a bill across the finish line is creating a problem for automakers who are increasingly investing in the new technology.
Key lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are nonetheless pledging to work toward overcoming their differences in the 117th Congress. The Self-Driving Coalition is working with Congress and the Department of Transportation to create a federal framework, emphasizing the potential for autonomous vehicles to save lives.
“It starts from the basic and central notion that what causes accidents predominantly is human error, and what this technology first and foremost is going to be doing is making the roads safer,” said Wolf, who serves as counsel to the Self-Driving Coalition.
“Let’s not lose sight of the fundamental premise, forest from the trees, that by significantly diminishing human errors we could save tens of thousands of lives,” he added.
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