Two lawmakers sent a letter on May 13 to MEMA President and CEO Bill Long and other trade associations thanking the automotive industry for using innovative technologies to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic: from building equipment for first responders, to the development of automated driving systems, to implementing new measures to protect their workers during these troubling times.
“In some ways, we are reminded of the industry’s response to World War II,” wrote Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, “when all automotive factories in the U.S. were retooled to build vehicles and equipment for the military. In the years following the war, new technologies ushered in a golden era for the industry that benefitted our entire nation. As we now confront the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and work to restore our economy, innovation and ingenuity across the auto sector will be critical to building a safer, more efficient, and more resilient future in transportation.”