Advocacy

The Alliance for Transportation Innovation is dedicated to dramatically improving the safe and efficient movement of people and goods from origin to destination across all modes.

Our membership is dedicated to realizing the vision of a dramatically safer and efficient transportation system by creating awareness and establishing the conditions necessary to accelerate the deployment of transportation innovations and technologies. Our research, outreach, media, and education programs are all focused on shaping and realizing this vision, yet the biggest obstacle to deploying life-saving and transformative technologies is the growing gap between technology and regulation.

Despite well-intentioned efforts, stakeholders and regulators at all levels of government haven’t kept pace with the transformational capabilities we’ve seen developed and tested during the last decade across the transportation sector. Antiquated regulatory approaches and emotional reactions to hypothetical use cases without fully understanding the underlying capabilities, benefits and unintended consequences have already resulted in an unwieldy and unworkable patchwork of law, regulation and policy across federal, state and local governments that has effectively slowed the deployment of innovations ranging from drones to self-driving cars. While we agree that there are legitimate concerns that merit some level of control, the current ad hoc and uncoordinated regulatory approach is stifling the deployment of technologies that will save lives, improve public safety and drive efficiencies in the supply chain.

The Alliance for Transportation Innovation serves to advance the public interest by organizing outreach efforts focused on the stakeholder community and general public that describe the tremendous benefits that can be enabled by accelerating the deployment of 21st century transportation technologies and highlight critical issues and challenges. We will also be advocating a thoughtful, restrained, and coordinated regulatory approach while seeking to eliminate the most serious obstacles to deploying these transformational innovations.

We believe by focusing efforts on understanding the innovations and technologies, promoting the social and economic benefits of deploying these technologies while concurrently working to develop a coordinated and systematic approach to overcoming the legal, regulatory and policy challenges that slow the development and deployment of the innovations, we can create the conditions required to speed the realization of a dramatically safer, responsive, accessible and resilient transportation system that is fitting for the 21st century.