Automakers Ford and Volvo, ride-sharing leaders Uber and Lyft (in which General Motors is a major investor), together with tech giant Google have formed a lobby called the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. The coalition is lead by former National Highway Traffic Administration Administrator David Strickland.
This effort between competitors reflects a strategic move to get ahead of the legislation that will inevitably be necessary before our roadways are full of vehicles without human operators. The coalition is expected to help shape legislation for driverless vehicles, particularly the goal of having a single, uniform set of federal rules and regulations to govern self-driving vehicles. Public safety, responsibility and potential liability are just a few of the factors that should be taken into consideration in autonomous vehicle laws.