On June 14, 2017, MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation at a hearing entitled Paving the Way for Self- Driving Vehicles. Other panelists included representatives from the auto industry and the technology industry. The purpose of the hearing was for the Senate Commerce Committee to learn more about the automotive industry and the technology industry’s efforts to make autonomous vehicles a reality. MADD’s testimony revolved around our support for ensuring that this technology is developed safely and that companies put the safety of the motoring public first. “Technology will ultimately be the way we eliminate drunk driving; autonomous vehicles are vital in helping us achieve our goal,” Sheehey-Church said. Autonomous vehicle technology has great potential for eliminating highway deaths. Ninety-four percent of all vehicle crashes are due to human error. Drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable. If the car does the driving and takes human error out of the equation, this technology could help lead to the elimination of drunk driving.
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