USDOT Announces New Federal Committee on Automation

By Ken Briodagh January 13, 2017

According to a recent announcement, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is establishing a new advisory committee focused on automation across a number of modes. The committee, which includes leading professionals and experts in their field, will hold its first meeting on January 16 to immediately begin work on some of the most pressing and relevant matters facing transportation today, including the development and deployment of automated vehicles, and determining the needs of the Department as it continues with its relevant research, policy, and regulations.

“During my time at the Department, we have fostered some of the most significant technological changes to ever take place in transportation, and we did so while keeping our focus on the safety of the American people,” said Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary. “This new automation committee will work to advance life-saving innovations while boosting our economy and making our transportation network more fair, reliable, and efficient.”

The new committee members are:

1.            Co-Chair: Mary Barra- General Motors, Chairman and CEO

2.            Co-Chair: Eric Garcetti- Mayor of Los Angeles, CA

3.            Vice Chair: Dr. J. Chris Gerdes- Stanford University, Professor of Engineering

4.            Gloria Boyland- FedEx, Corporate Vice President, Operations & Service Support

5.            Robin Chase- Zipcar; Buzzcar; Veniam, Co-founder of Zipcar and Veniam

6.            Douglas Chey- Hyperloop One, Senior Vice President of Systems Development

7.            Henry Claypool- Community Living Policy Center, Policy Director

8.            Mick Cornett- Mayor of Oklahoma City, OK

9.            Mary “Missy” Cummings- Duke University, Director, Humans and Autonomy Lab, Pratt School of Engineering

10.          Dean Garfield- Information Technology Industry Council, President and CEO

11.          Mary Gustanski- Delphi Automotive, Vice President of Engineering & Program Management

12.          Debbie Hersman- National Safety Council, President and CEO

13.          Rachel Holt- Uber, Regional General Manager, United States and Canada

14.          Lisa Jackson- Apple, Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives

15.          Tim Kentley-Klay- Zoox, Co-founder and CEO 

16.          John Krafcik- Waymo, CEO

17.          Gerry Murphy- Amazon, Senior Corporate Counsel, Aviation

18.          Robert Reich- University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

19.          Keller Rinaudo- Zipline International, CEO

20.          Chris Spear- American Trucking Association (ATA), President and CEO

21.          Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger- Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., Founder and CEO

22.          Bryant Walker Smith- University of South Carolina, Assistant Professor, School of Law and (by courtesy) School of Engineering

23.          Jack Weekes- State Farm Insurance, Operations Vice President, Innovation Team

24.          Ed Wytkind- President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

25.          John Zimmer- Lyft, Co-founder and President

Edited by Alicia Young
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