WASHINGTON (April 2, 2013) – The autonomous vehicle, a car that is capable of automated driving and navigation without human input, used to strictly be the purview of science fiction. Today, this technology is improving rapidly and could, in the not too distant future, greatly enhance highway safety, increase personal mobility, reduce environmental damage, and ultimately transform our surface transportation system.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will examine the social and economic case for autonomous vehicles and explore the policy reforms needed to facilitate their development and deployment in a panel discussion to be held Wednesday, April 10 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM in the Rayburn House Office Building, room B-338, on Capitol Hill.
“The emergence of autonomous vehicles will likely transform the automobile industry as profoundly as the introduction of automated manufacturing assembly lines did nearly a century ago,” notes Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF.
The event will feature key innovators in the field and focus on enhancing understanding of autonomous vehicle technology and its potential, while shining a light on the steps that need to be taken to expand research, development and deployment. Participants include: Mary Cheh, member of the Washington, D.C. City Council; Bill Krenik, Chief Technologist for High Volume Linear Products at Texas Instruments; Jason Schulz, Manager of Strategic Partnerships with Toyota Motor Sales; and Chris Urmson, Leader of the Google Self Driving Car Program.
“Autonomous vehicles will be a key industry of the future, and it’s important that the United States offers an attractive policy framework, as well as a welcoming socioeconomic environment, to ensure U.S. markets are a leading adopter of this technology,” Atkinson adds.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at www.itif.org.