New group to engage policymakers on benefits of smart vehicle innovation

WASHINGTON – May 8, 2013 – A group of telecommunications and high tech companies and industry groups today announced that it is forming the Intelligent Car Coalition, a new effort to provide industry insight on public policy in the fast-growing ‘intelligent vehicle’ sector. The Coalition’s founding members include the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), AT&T, Hughes Telematics (a Verizon Company), Intel, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Verizon.

The Coalition will engage federal policymakers in discussions about the promise of intelligent vehicle technologies and share its thoughts on important societal issues like distracted driving, as well as other complex policy issues that may emerge such as data privacy and security, liability, research and development, and public-private partnerships.

“We are excited about the future of intelligently connected automobiles and the possibilities for autonomous vehicles.  As these intelligent vehicle technologies enter a new era, so must our nation’s public policy discussions. We in the technology industry are focused on a forward-looking policy agenda for this fast-growing sector of the U.S. economy,” said Executive Director Catherine McCullough.

“Intelligent vehicle technologies promise a multitude of societal benefits such as increased road safety, transportation efficiency, and reduced fuel consumption. We will draw on our experiences in the rapidly-changing Internet ecosystem – where diverse stakeholders work together when quickly-evolving innovations present both promise and challenge.  The Coalition looks forward to continued collaboration with the government and our colleagues in the automotive and transportation sectors as we enable a world-class intelligent transportation ecosystem in the U.S.,” McCullough said.

The Intelligent Car Coalition is a 501(c)4, non-profit, consumer advocacy and education organization.

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