The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), whose 1,000 member companies lead the development of many of the advanced vehicle technologies used in automated vehicles, applauds the new and revised U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) automated vehicle guidelines titled: Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety. The new policy was released today by DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, with whom the MEMA government affairs team has met since she joined the new Trump administration.
MEMA will carefully review the new guidelines and provide detailed and constructive comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In our meetings and in other communications with Secretary Chao and NHTSA officials, MEMA expressed support for the iterative process and guidance approach to create a national framework that recognizes that federal and state governments must work together to establish policies that accelerate deployment of these technologies while balancing public safety and building trust.
Last year, MEMA urged NHTSA to consider the comments of not only suppliers, but also other vehicle industry stakeholders and to revise the guidelines accordingly with appropriate clarifications. While the policy is voluntary, MEMA believes it is critical to make the policy as clear as possible to avoid confusion and risk delays to innovation and testing. MEMA will review the revised policy with those criteria in mind.
Suppliers lead the way in developing and deploying a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies and other advanced vehicle safety innovations. Suppliers are critical in the ongoing development and implementation of these technologies, which are the building blocks necessary for highly automated vehicles to reach their full potential.
MEMA represents 1,000 vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks providing original equipment (OE) to new vehicles as well as aftermarket parts to service, maintain and repair vehicles on the road. Vehicle suppliers are the largest manufacturing sector in the United States directly employing over 871,000 Americans in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Together with indirect and employment-induced jobs, the total employment impact of the motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry is 4.26 million jobs. Nearly $435 billion in economic contribution to the U.S. GDP is generated by the motor vehicle parts manufacturers and its supported activity. In total, motor vehicle parts suppliers contribute more than 77 percent of the value in today’s vehicles