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Autonomous vehicle technology will catalyze economic opportunities and changes. Together, the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity will find solutions that ensure Americans benefit from adoption of this technology.

The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity was formed by leading companies and associations committed to advancing autonomous vehicle technology in ways that improve quality of life and economic opportunity for all Americans.

Led by our members at the American Trucking Associations, Daimler Truck, FedEx, Ford, Toyota Motor North America, UPS, Waymo, Amazon, May Mobility, and Locomation, our mission is to understand the interplay between autonomous vehicles and the workforce and identify evidence-based, data-driven policies and programs that prepare Americans for the technology.

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PTIO Leadership

Board

Nick Geale, American Trucking Associations

Nick Geale, American Trucking Associations

Board Director


Ritchie Huang, Daimler Truck

Ritchie Huang, Daimler Truck

Secretary of the Board


Ford

Board Director


Samantha Smith, FedEx

Samantha Smith, FedEx

Board Director


Robert Chiappetta, Toyota Motor North America

Robert Chiappetta, Toyota Motor North America

Chair of the Board


Jay Lim, UPS

Jay Lim, UPS

Board Director


Stefania Yanachkov, Waymo

Stefania Yanachkov, Waymo

Board Director


Amazon

Board Director


Executive Director

Kathryn Branson is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO). PTIO is committed to advancing autonomous vehicle technology in ways that improve quality of life and economic opportunity for all Americans. PTIO launched in June 2018 to prepare American workers for AVs and to examine the impact the technology could have on the future of work.

Prior to her role with PTIO, Kathryn spent time on Capitol Hill working on a wide array of issues, including labor and employment, education, technology, and healthcare policy.

 

Email: Kathryn@ouravfuture.org

Our Principles

Innovation

  • We support innovation in the U.S. transportation sector through the introduction of autonomous vehicles, and encourage policies that enable autonomous vehicles to flourish, while prioritizing safety.
  • We value the societal benefits that autonomous vehicles will deliver through safety, environmental, and economic advances.
  • We acknowledge that autonomous vehicles will also change the future of work and enable new career pathways that will be integral to 21st century society.

Transparency

  • We will engage in open and honest communication with policymakers and impacted communities about autonomous vehicles and the new business models they will enable.
  • We will partner with other stakeholders willing to promote this important dialogue.

Knowledge

  • We will develop a well-rounded and data-driven understanding of the impact and implications of autonomous vehicles on the future of work.
  • We will cultivate awareness of existing and near-term career opportunities during the transition period to the new economy.
  • We will research and lend our support to proposals that offer pathways to the new jobs and careers that are created.

Actions

  • We will promote solutions that are forward thinking about the future of work.
  • We will support efforts to provide people with the skills that are required for existing and near-term work in the new economy.
  • We will collaborate with stakeholders and interested organizations, and advocate for government policies, that advance these efforts.

Empathy

  • We will solicit the opinions, concerns, and aspirations of those most directly affected by these emerging technologies.
  • We will analyze and acknowledge the impacts of autonomous vehicles with a focus on people, families, and communities.

Common Questions

What is the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity?

The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity is a coalition of leading companies and associations with a shared interest in advancing autonomous vehicles and other transportation innovation and supporting the American workforce. As leaders in mobility, logistics, and innovation, we are committed to ensuring the adoption of autonomous vehicles improves society and people’s well being, and maximizes opportunities for the workforce.

Who are the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity’s members?

Our members include the American Trucking Associations, Daimler, FedEx, Ford, Lyft, Toyota, UPS, Waymo, May Mobility, and Locomation AI. We plan to partner with other motivated stakeholders committed to improving lives and the opportunities for workers in the autonomous vehicle age.

Why was the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity formed?

Autonomous vehicles will likely have significant benefits for society, including safer roadways, greater access to mobility, reduced traffic gridlock, improved air quality, and increased productivity. Autonomous vehicles also may change the way many of us work, including by creating different career pathways, new occupations, and greater efficiencies for those in the transportation industry. At the same time and as with any adoption of technology that increases productivity, autonomous vehicles may change aspects of certain occupations and may result in a reduction in the need for others over time. We have convened the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity to create an open dialogue on jobs, career pathways, and transitions that may result from the adoption of autonomous vehicles and the role public policy can play in helping to ensure our entire workforce benefits.

What can we expect from the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity?

We are working to develop a well-rounded and data-driven understanding of the opportunities and challenges autonomous vehicles create for the American workforce and to open a dialogue with interested parties. Our goal is to engage policymakers, elected officials, and other stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels and work together to develop a comprehensive view of autonomous vehicles and the future of work. We hope to leverage this dialogue to identify research, programs, and policy solutions that maximize the opportunities autonomous vehicles create for our workforce and facilitate transitions into new and meaningful career pathways and toward the occupations that will flourish in the new economy.

In which communities will the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity focus their efforts?

The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity will initially be most active in our nation’s capital by engaging policymakers and other interested parties, but will also engage in a nationwide effort to solicit expertise, concerns, and aspirations of a variety stakeholders on the impact and implications of autonomous vehicles on the future of work.

How can I stay informed of the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity’s activities?

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