Washington, D.C.— The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) today delivered letters to the chairs and ranking members of congressional committees encouraging engagement on research and related policy initiatives concerning autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and the U.S. workforce.
The letters, signed by the founding members of the PTIO – including the American Trucking Associations, Daimler, FedEx, Ford, Lyft, Toyota Motor North America, Uber, and Waymo – urge House and Senate committees of jurisdiction to consider workforce issues related to AV technology as they continue working across their respective legislative agendas — including surface transportation reauthorization and higher education act reauthorization. Below is an excerpt from the letters:
Comprised of leaders in mobility and logistics, PTIO supports innovation in the transportation industry and the common-sense adoption of AVs. We also recognize, however, that widespread deployment of AV technology is likely to bring changes to our economy and may impact our workforce. These changes and impacts may affect communities across the country in different ways and at different times.
The transition from traditional vehicles to AVs will not happen overnight. This affords policymakers, industry leaders, workforce development providers, the educational community, and other stakeholders the opportunity to work collaboratively and effectively to prepare for the changes on the horizon. PTIO is committed to developing a well-rounded understanding of the implications that AVs will have on the future of work. Our top priority is to promote evidence-based and data-driven policies and programs that will help connect workers with AV-related economic opportunities and help ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to our AV future.
To read the letters from PTIO to congressional committees, click here.