UBER, RIDE SHARE & AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
It seems like the future of ride share is the development of autonomous vehicles and other forms of automated transportation. The safety ramifications related to this new technology cannot be overstated. Thankfully, the federal government has been working on a solution to foreseeable problems in this arena. We are reserving judgment on the effectiveness of the solutions being proposed in Washington. We are grateful that an effort is being made. The Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Frank Pallone (NJ Democrat), said yesterday , “We are working on a bipartisan, bicameral basis to draft a self-driving car bill that will help ensure that these life-saving technologies are safety deployed.”
To date, the federal government has offered guidance but no hard and fast rules (law) regulating self driving vehicles. From the prospective of the consumer, this is problematic. The major players in the self driving vehicle landscape, like Uber, Lyft, Google and other ride share companies, stand to benefit from lack of oversight. The less regulation, the more profit for these corporate behemoths. The problem with this approach is the lack of accountability to the consumer. Dollars and cents are not the only measure of success. Safety should be the number one concern of all of the implementers of this radical new technology. Autonomous vehicles are an opportunity to change the world for the better. Leaving the early regulation of this technology in the hands of Uber and Google is the same as letting the fox guard the hen house.
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