Autonomous Vehicles Principles

  • Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have the potential to enable tremendous societal benefits through increased safety and improved access to transportation, while reducing the inefficiency and error associated with human operators.
  • TechNet supports implementation of a uniform national framework that promotes the safe testing, deployment, and operation of AVs, through clarifying federal and state roles, exemptions, and expedited rulemaking.
  • TechNet opposes laws and regulations that require human control and intervention capabilities, implement unreasonable operating restrictions, or arbitrarily specify or prohibit the use of different technologies in AVs.
  • Federal laws and regulations should be technology-neutral, applying equally to all companies and business models.
  • TechNet supports congressional efforts to increase the existing cap on temporary exemptions that the Secretary of Transportation can provide to AV manufacturers and developers for exemptions from certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to promote the development and deployment of AV technologies.
  • Developers of AV fleets should have the opportunity to develop fleets of more than 2,500 vehicles.
  • TechNet supports self-certification and voluntary assessments outlined in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration framework “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety” (September 2017).

Electric Vehicles Principles

  • Electric vehicles (EVs) can improve fuel efficiency, lower fuel costs, and reduce carbon emissions, which help mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • TechNet recognizes that the electrification of transportation includes all electric vehicles (EVs) including medium and heavy duty, electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), charging stations, and related smart and networked software solutions. EVs include all technology types, including battery EVs, plug-in hybrid EVs, and hydrogen fuel cell EVs.
  • TechNet encourages the federal government to continue partnering with the automotive and tech sectors to enhance their significant investments and commitments made to make the transition to more fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • We also encourage the federal government to work with state and local governments to coordinate efforts and reduce regulatory burdens in the nationwide deployment of EVs and EV charging infrastructure, especially during implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
  • TechNet supports sustainable tax policy that provides industry and consumers with long-term clarity to support the investment and deployment of clean energy and transportation technologies, including EV charging infrastructure. These programs should offer opportunities for funding for different types of EV technology and prioritize supporting private market solutions and transportation modes with the greatest potential impact to electrify both a high quantity of vehicles and high-mileage applications, including personal, fleet, ridesharing, ride-hailing, autonomous vehicles, transit, micromobility, peer-to-peer car sharing, and more.
  • Additional federal investments are needed to educate consumers on EV technology to bridge the knowledge gap and provide momentum for the adoption of EVs.
  • The federal government should prioritize the electrification of its vehicle fleets.
  • TechNet encourages leveraging government, private, and private-public partnerships to build out charging infrastructure, especially in underserved areas.
  • Policies regarding payment systems for EV use and EV charging should be technology-neutral and allow for a variety of technologies such as open payment systems, mobile payments, contactless or “tap and pay,” and tokenization, for example.
  • TechNet supports a robust energy agenda that will spur the development and deployment of clean energy resources, including widespread access to a Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), which would create a technology-neutral market-based program that requires the incremental reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels over time. TechNet’s principles on climate change can be found here.

Drone Principles

  • Drones are being used to support many areas, including public safety, real estate, agriculture, infrastructure inspection, medical and goods delivery, the entertainment industry, and humanitarian relief.  In many cases, drones can enhance safety and reduce the environmental impact of certain commercial use cases.
  • TechNet values the innovation that drones bring to these and other industries, especially as their use and technology continues to evolve.
  • TechNet supports solutions that enable and encourage responsible use of drones and believes that technology can best address these concerns.
  • TechNet supports ongoing work at theFederal Aviation Administration (FAA) to enable beyond visual line of sight and more advanced drone operations, including Advanced Air Mobility, to enable the use of drones to transport people and cargo.
  • Although the FAA has exclusive regulatory authority over the navigable airspace, manufacturers and operators are facing legislation in many states and localities that seeks to restrict the use of drones, often based on arbitrary data and restrictions.
  • Any legislative and regulatory proposals should be technology- and sector-neutral and reflect the FAA’s authority to regulate the airspace. Targeted legislation will lead to inefficiencies and inconsistencies in how laws are applied and could slow technological solutions and growth.
  • To fully realize the economic and consumer benefits of drones, FDA regulations and processes must be developed or updated to reflect their novel designs and operational capabilities.  TechNet supports the deliberative processes that are further developing a regulatory framework for safe drone operations.

Shared Mobility Principles

  • Shared vehicles, such as automobiles, bikes, and scooters, help provide access to critical transportation for millions of Americans alongside the significant environmental benefits that come from multi-modal mobility
  • TechNet supports policies that enable U.S. service members to share their vehicles, including when deployed, and use shared cars, including while on base, through peer-to-peer carsharing platforms.
  • Municipal and regional mobility hubs provide communities with convenient access to a variety of mobility options. TechNet supports federal efforts to support the development and maintenance of such multi-modal mobility hubs.

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