In a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, Rob Atkinson argued that the U.S. freight transportation system faces major challenges and new policies are required to enhance investment and improve existing infrastructure. These include targeting investments in areas that can improve truck freight movement; creating better funding models for these investments; and ensuring that trucking pays for the full costs they impose on the system.
ITIF Event Highlights the Social and Economic Case for Autonomous Vehicles
In reflecting on ITIF's event, Stephen Ezell wrote smart public policies and government support will be vital in ensuring nations’ pioneering positions in the deployment and adoption of autonomous vehicle technologies. Likewise, leadership will be needed from U.S. policymakers at both the federal and state levels to craft legislation and safety standards through which automated or autonomous vehicle technologies can be researched, developed, tested, and ultimately deployed.
The Road Ahead: The Emerging Policy Debates for IT in Vehicles
Just as IT-driven transformations in other industries have created new policy issues, the same will be true in transportation. The automotive industry will likely face some of the same policy debates and challenges previously seen in other industries further along in the technology adoption lifecycle. Chief among these policy debates will likely be concerns about public safety, data privacy and ownership, free speech and decency, liability, and access to wireless spectrum. While this report will not offer answers to all of the questions it raises, it will argue that the policy decisions about IT in the vehicle should be driven, not by narrow interests and concerns, but rather by a broad government mandate to foster innovation in the transportation sector. This will require leadership from both the government and the private sector and cooperation between different stakeholders.