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What is the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association?

To advance its mission worldwide, the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association (AVIA) works collaboratively with international policymakers, regulators, civic organizations and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and make the technology a reality on roads and highways.

Who makes up your current membership?

The Association is comprised of the world’s leading technology, rideshare, trucking and automotive companies, including Aurora, Cruise, Embark, Ford, Gatik, Kodiak, Lyft, May Mobility, Motional, Navya, Nuro, TuSimple, Uber, Volvo Cars, Waymo and Zoox.

What are the benefits of autonomous vehicles (AVs)?

Autonomous vehicles can revolutionize how people, goods, and services move from one place to another. This technology provides an opportunity to improve public safety, enhance mobility for the elderly and disabled, reduce traffic congestion, improve environmental quality, advance transportation efficiency and spur growth in the U.S. economy.

What are the goals and objectives of the Association?

Broadly, the members of AVIA are united in their goal to bring AVs to U.S. roads safely and swifly. Autonomous vehicles offer an opportunity to make America’s roadways safer and to enhance mobility for the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged. The best path for this innovation is to have one clear national framework. The Association works with policymakers at all levels of government around the world to develop the right solutions that will facilitate the testing and deployment of AVs.

What is an autonomous vehicle (AV)?

An autonomous vehicle (AV) is defined as Levels 4 and 5 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). At SAE Level 4 and above, vehicles will be equipped with sensing and computing systems that do not rely on a human to take over in any situation within a defined operation domain. In contrast, vehicles with other levels of automation are advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with features that provide convenience and added safety, but the driver still has an active role in the driving process.

What are AVIA's international policy priorities?

To advance its mission of a world where safe and trusted AVs increase road safety, boost supply chains and improve mobility opportunities for all, AVIA works collaboratively with international policymakers and industry organizations to ensure international regulatory and legislative frameworks enable the full commercial deployment of Level 4 autonomous vehicles and allow for broad market access to create a level playing field and competitive market environment. The Association advocates for international safety metrics and performance requirements that align with established industry practices and are compatible with all Level 4 use cases, in addition to supporting requirements set forth by UNECE and other policy-making bodies that are closely aligned, do not create unnecessary barriers to trade, and leverage existing international standards and best practices for AVs.

I’d like to learn more about the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association. How can I do that?

Please email us at info[at]theAVindustry.org to find out how you can get involved.

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