Transport Policies For World In Transition To Be Proposed By New Future Transport Group

A new body that will deal with the thorny questions revolving around the future of transportation including self-driving cars and electric vehicles us being launched by a group of business leaders and public policy experts.

The new body is called the Commission on the Future of Mobility and was launched last week. A new regulatory framework that will help to address the global transportation sector “on the cusp of a worldwide transition driven by shared, connected, autonomous, and electric technologies” is planned to be proposed by the group.

Tackling tough problems and improve safety is the goal of the group and the proposals, said Alisyn Malek, the commission’s executive director.

“Let’s bring everybody together to talk about how do we want the movement of people and goods to actually work,” Malek said in an interview to the media.

The advances in transit technology that could revolutionize travel include autonomous or self-driving cars and delivery trucks, package-carrying drones, air taxis, connected vehicles and Hyperloop systems.

One of the major issues for these futuristic transit modes are traffic crashes. Vehicle crashes all across the world annually kill 1.35 million people while between 20 and 50 million are injured, according to the estimates of the World Health Organization.

Jared Cohon, president emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University, former Ford Motor CEO Jim Hackett and Transdev Group CEO Thierry Mallet will co-chair the commission.

“Progress can only continue if we modernize the way policy and regulation work,” Hackett said.

Setting appropriate regulations to allow for wide-scale adoption of next-generation transportation such as self-driving cars amid concerns for safety of the passengers as well as those on the road has been a major issue for governments around the world, including the United States.

While some US states and many European countries want to end new gasoline-powered passenger vehicle sales by 2035, regulators are also hiking fuel efficiency requirements.

In an overview document the commission says that “current regulatory requirements governing fuel economy standards and vehicle safety fail to reflect the transformation occurring in powertrains, autonomy, and models of mobility.”

“A framework for regulations in the American, European, and Asian markets post-2025 that reflects and facilitates the technological transformation taking place” for emissions and safety regulations is aimed to recommend in 2022 by the group.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber CEO Richard Kramer, FedEx CEO Fred Smith and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf will be on the commission, as will Hyundai Motor Chief Operating Officer José Muñoz. It expects to add members before its February kickoff.

The commission is housed within SAFE, a nonpartisan organization focusing on energy security issues.

The goal is to rethink everything, said SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond.

“If you had to rewrite regulations and policy from scratch knowing what we know about technology today … what you would do differently?” he asked. “We want to think big.”

(Adapted from TheEconomicTimes.com)

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