PAVE is a coalition of industry, nonprofit and academic institutions with one goal: To inform and educate the public and policymakers on the facts regarding driverless vehicles so that they can fully participate in shaping the future of our roads and highways. PAVE’s goal is purely educational: the coalition does not advocate for a particular technology or for specific public policies. Its members believe that in order to fully realize the benefits of driverless technology, policymakers and the public need factual information about the present and future state of technology and its potential benefits.
WHO WE ARE
PAVE is a broad-based coalition that includes industry partners as well as advocates for communities that stand to benefit from driverless vehicles. Nonprofit members include disability advocacy groups and safety groups. Industry members include traditional automakers from the United States and around the world, auto component makers, startup technology companies and established tech firms. PAVE also includes insurance firms. And and advisory group of leading academic institutions provides support for the coalition’s activities.
WHAT WE DO
PAVE helps enhance public understanding of driverless technology through:
- An educational website and social media channels
- “Hands-on” demonstrations allowing the public to see and experience driverless technology
- Educational toolkits for auto dealers to help dealer personnel — often the key interface between vehicle designers and vehicle customers — educate their customers about driverless technology
- Policy-maker workshops designed to provide officials at local, state and national levels understand driverless technology so they can make the best decisions for their constituents
WHY WE DO IT
PAVE’s members play a variety of roles across the transportation system. While PAVE is diverse, we share one goal: educating policymakers and the public in the hopes that greater knowledge and understanding will help society fully realize the benefits driverless technology can bring. We believe that our roads can be safer, that we can open new roads for Americans who are unable to drive because of disability or other factors, and that we can enhance mobility while also reducing the environmental and other impacts of vehicle travel to make our transportation system more sustainable. We believe that the technical challenges of creating driverless vehicles, while substantial, are solvable, and that eventually, Americans will be able to choose the benefits of driverless technology. And we believe that providing clear, factual information to the public and policymakers about the current state of technology and its future potential will help realize that potential.