Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Speak Up on Autonomous Vehicles

As you may have heard, an autonomous vehicle (AV) recently hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, as she was walking her bicycle across the street. While the full details of the crash are not available, this tragedy marks the first time a bicyclist or pedestrian has been killed by an AV in the United States. 
FABB joins with the League of American Bicyclists in supporting efforts to require all automated driving systems to prove their ability to recognize and respond to people bicycling and walking before they are on community streets. After all, when human drivers apply for a driver’s license we have to pass a vision test.
The US Senate is currently considering S. 1885, The AV START Act, to set guidelines for automated vehicle manufacturers to test their vehicles on our streets.  Please ask your Senators to require AVs to pass a vision test proving they can see bicyclists and pedestrians.

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