What do Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo have in common?
All five companies came together to form The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group that plans to work with regulators to define federal standards for autonomous cars.
Leading the group is David Strickland, a former top official for the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The coalition forms just in time for NHTSA's second public forum to discuss guidelines and rules for autonomous cars.
Currently, the government considers the artificial intelligence (AI) in the Google self-driving car as "the driver," but laws still vary from state to state.
However, the federal government plans on investing $4 billion over 10 year to create national regulations and policies so that autonomous driving laws are consistent across the country.
While self-driving car development is advancing quickly, NHTSA isn't exactly the quickest to alter rules and regulations to legalize the latest and greatest vehicle technologies, like laser headlights.
Hopefully, The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets can urge NHTSA to adopt national rules for autonomous cars so we can commute while working in a safe manner.