Center Submits Comments to DC City Council on Proposed Driverless Car Tests on Public Roads

February 12, 2019
Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Chairperson
Committee on Transportation and the Environment
Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Dear Chairperson Cheh,

The Center for Auto Safety (the Center), the nation’s premier independent, non-profit consumer
advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy, thanks you for
the opportunity to testify before your committee on January 31, 2019 regarding The Integration of
Automated Vehicles in the District.

During the roundtable discussion following our testimony, you requested additional information on
claims regarding the potential safety benefits of automated vehicles as well as recommendations for
safety standards compliance before licensing automated vehicles (AVs) for operations on the District’s
streets. Please find our response below, including references for additional information if needed. Our
testimony and the round table discussion also addressed AV operational liability, which we discuss in
more detail below…

Click here to read our full comment.