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Michigan Paves the Way for Driverless Cars, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – November 11, 2016 – 

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, regarding the driverless vehicle legislative package approved this week by the Michigan House of Representatives:

"By passing these measures, Michigan - the automotive capital of the world - is staying at the forefront of car technology. The legislature's latest actions prove Michigan is ready to propel the broad adoption of driverless cars across roadways expediently and safely.

"Driverless cars and connected cars have the potential to reduce more than 90 percent of accidents caused by human error, eliminate hours wasted in traffic and minimize congestion. The race to put these cars on the road is fueled by the desire to embrace innovative transportation solutions.

"We commend state lawmakers for thinking big and demonstrating their commitment to keep up with the industry and consumer demand. As the technology sector embraces additional freedom to innovate, autonomous vehicles will become only better, offering greater overall safety, mobility and access to transportation for all. We urge Governor Snyder to sign these bills and look forward to seeing the progress in Michigan."

The latest CTA research shows that almost two-thirds of drivers (60 percent) are interested in replacing their vehicle with a completely self-driving vehicle.