By Rep. Daniel Lipinski
Connected and autonomous vehicle technologies are arriving on the market at a rapid rate. However, there is much more work to be done, both on the automotive side and in the infrastructure that will support connected and autonomous vehicles on roads and in cities, before these technologies can be fully implemented. The U.S. is arriving at a crossroads on connected vehicle technologies, and our decisions now will have huge ramifications on the future of transportation and American economic competitiveness.
As a member of both the Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have been doing as much as I can to push the federal government to assist state and local governments, university researchers, and the private sector in bringing about this connected vehicle revolution as quickly and safely as possible. In July, I introduced the Future TRIP Act, which would help establish a connected and autonomous vehicle research center, require a report on the readiness of the Department of Transportation for connected vehicles, and set up an interagency working group to coordinate research, technology commercialization and workforce development in this space. These items were included in the House surface transportation bill that passed the House earlier this month, and I hope to include them in the conference report in the weeks ahead. Full story