The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) sent letters last week to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), chairman of House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, expressing a desire to work with Congress on autonomous-vehicle (AV) technology research and related policy initiatives.
The widespread deployment of AV technology is expected to change the economy and potentially the workforce, the letter said. Changes may not impact communities in the same way or at the same time.
PTIO supports innovation and common-sense AVs adoption, the letter said.
“PTIO is committed to developing a well-rounded understanding of the implications that AVs will have on the future of work,” the letter said. “Our top priority is to promote evidence-based and data-driven policies and programs that will help connect workers with AV-related economic opportunities and help ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to our AV future.”
The letter was signed by Hilary M. Cain, PTIO chairwoman, and The American Trucking Associations, Daimler, FedEx, Ford, Lyft, Toyota Motor North America, Uber and Waymo.
Founded last year, PTIO is committed to advancing AV technology to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity of Americans.