PHILADELPHIA, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign today announced that it is asking every automaker, Lyft, and Uber to pledge to manufacture and operate self-driving cars which prioritize public safety, corporate transparency, and manufacturer accountability.
SAVe challenged executives from Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Land Rover, Lyft, Nissan, Porsche, Tesla, Toyota, Uber, and VW to pledge to take responsibility for accidents caused by technology failure in ALL autonomous (robot) vehicles. The campaign set a deadline of March 15 for the companies' responses.
The letters to the automakers can be viewed here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8jq8k5gk29epmhg/AADWucvSWcAm8w6H4XUSp5Gca?dl=0
"To be clear: Our campaign supports the development of autonomous vehicle technology," said national SAVe Campaign spokesperson—and motor vehicle accident victims' advocate—Jeremy Warriner. "We believe self-driving cars may be one of the most significant technological developments of our lifetime. They promise enormous benefit for consumers, IF manufacturers establish concrete transparency and accountability standards."
Warriner, a survivor of a near-fatal car accident that required the amputation of both legs above the knee, praised Volvo for its industry-leading promise of accountability for SAE Level 4 and 5 vehicles, while pushing automakers to go even further. "The companies we've challenged pride themselves on safety and reliability. No manufacturer will want to be known as the risky choice in self-driving cars—or as the company who won't stand behind its product."
The SAVe Campaign is a national project to educate the general public, opinion-leaders, and policymakers about the importance of ensuring that automakers take responsibility for their autonomous technology. SAE International's levels 2-5 range from partial to full automation. For research on self-driving vehicles and a list of coalition partners, visit www.savecampaign.org.
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SOURCE SAVe Campaign