Ariel's work includes serving as general counsel to the Self-Driving Coalition, a leading coalition of AV developers to advance federal and state policy priorities for the industry. He also counsels clients in general transportation law and defends companies facing enforcement actions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and related agencies. Previously, as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Ariel launched the Department's Non-traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, oversaw the Department's efforts on spectrum policy, and developed policies governing automated vehicles, drones, hyperloop, and other innovative technologies.
Ariel routinely engages with the U.S. Congress and state agencies to negotiate regulatory frameworks for the testing and deployment of AVs. He has testified across the country on autonomous and connected vehicle legislation and is frequently quoted by national media outlets on transportation developments. Ariel is a member of Venable’s Privacy Group and his work has been recognized by Legal 500.