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NHTSA Guidelines Create Momentum for Driverless Cars, Says CTA

Arlington, VA  – September 20, 2016 – 

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ regarding the release of guidance from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on autonomous vehicles: 

"The guidelines released are a crucial next step in establishing a strong federal role in providing oversight and guidance to the states; a welcome approach to avoid patchwork laws that might inhibit innovation or make the latest cutting-edge technology inaccessible to consumers.

"Driverless cars and connected cars have the potential to reduce more than 90 percent of accidents caused by human error, save thousands of lives a year in the U.S., eliminate hours wasted in traffic and reduce the cost of car insurance.

"As our industry continues to research and develop the technologies that will usher in the age of the driverless car, we will continue to collaborate with the government to find solutions to policy challenges that provide for safety while allowing for innovation and real-world testing."

CTA's upcoming research shows 70 percent of consumers express a strong interest in test-driving a self-driving car, and more than 60 percent would replace a car or truck they currently own or lease with a completely self-driving vehicle.