The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) was an invited participant in a half-day program on policy and regulation of new vehicle technologies in Washington, DC, on September 30.
MEMA senior vice president Ann Wilson addressed the audience of about 100 policy thought leaders during “Vehicle Technology in the Fast Lane: Regulatory and Policy Outlook,” sponsored by K&L Gates and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), advancing the business interests of mobility industry suppliers. She was joined by nearly a dozen other distinguished speakers, including Federal Highway Administration Administrator Greg Nadeau, CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Chief Counsel Paul Nagel, and Zipcar Director of Public Policy and Communications Justin Holmes.
Among the topics discussed were the recent federal policy on automated vehicles, the regulatory framework for V2v and V2I communication, the balance of regulation and innovation, public-private partnerships to leverage new mobility capabilities, insurance issues, and consumer safety. MEMA also distributed its research paper, “A Roadmap to Safer Driving through Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.”
“MEMA continues to represent the members of its divisions (AASA, OESA, HDMA, and MERA) in a wide range of forums including Congress, the Administration, and in the states,” Wilson said. “As we consider the impact technology will have we must address the critical role suppliers play in the development and deployment of these critical components.”