General Motors and Toyota as well as ride-hailing company Lyft are pushing for the US federal government to speed up the adoption of laws standardizing both the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Volvo is also part of the effort, which included a series of testimonies to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday. While the US Department of Transportation invoked some standardization last September, the executives decried what they say is still a patchwork of state-by-state regulations governing how self-driving cars can be tested and used. For instance, California has more restrictions to testing autonomous vehicles than states such as Michigan.

Notably, electric-vehicle maker Tesla, ride-hailing leader Uber, and Google's Waymo did not participate in this week's effort. Still, the collaboration reflects the increased importance automakers consider autonomous technology, which they say can increase safety and productivity while reducing fuel consumption. A link to the testimony can be found here.

"Self-driving cars won't drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol, they won't be distracted by a cell phone, they won't drive drowsy or recklessly, and their speed will be limited to that of the local laws and conditions," GM Vice President of Global Strategy Michael Ableson said in his testimony Tuesday. "For years, auto makers have committed our resources to protecting passengers when crashes do happen. Today, through the continuing development of technology, we have the further opportunity to avoid crashes altogether."

In late January, just prior to President Donald Trump taking office, the US Department of Transportation chose the 10 US sites where vehicle testing for autonomous-driving capabilities will be conducted. Those sites included Pennsylvania's Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute; the Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership; Maryland's U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center; California's Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) & GoMentum Station, and San Diego Association of Governments; Michigan's American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run; the Iowa City Area Development Group; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners; and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority.

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