House Transportation And Public Safety Chairman Releases Report On Autonomous, Connected Vehicles
Report reflects findings following fourteen-month study
December 19, 2018
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab), chairman of the Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee, today released his report on autonomous and connected vehicles.

The report consists of the chairman’s findings during the committee’s 14-month study, which completed hearings and stakeholder meetings earlier this year. During the committee hearings and stakeholder meetings, more than 50 industry leaders, policy think tanks, and other stakeholders from around the country participated to inform this report. The study focused on potential benefits and challenges; how the industry may impact Ohio’s economy, manufacturing, public safety, insurance, and infrastructure; and a review of current research, testing, federal regulations, and industry activity in Ohio.

“This report is intended to be an in-depth continuation of our solely fact-finding committee hearing and stakeholder meeting process,” Green said. “The General Assembly needs to be informed so that it can first understand how to be a partner of the industry and not stifle innovation. Autonomous and connected vehicle technology is the opening salvo of the next space race, involving the emerging technologies of the 21st century. We must ensure that America, and Ohio in particular, maintains its leadership in advanced technologies, much like our predecessors did in the 1960’s.”

Among the key recommendations of the report:
• Opposing a patchwork of state and local laws regarding ADS and connected vehicle technology as it is not in the public interest
• Making basic transportation infrastructure maintenance a top priority in regards to ADS and connected vehicle technology
• Establishing a Joint House-Senate Commission on short- and long-term transportation infrastructure funding
• Establishing an Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Task Force that is comprised of a broad range of disciplines and organizations
• Identifying occupations most at risk of labor displacement from ADS technology, as well as what new skill sets displaced Ohioans will need to quickly transition back into workforce


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