Ten public and private stakeholders joined to launch the Automated. Connected. Electric. Shared. (ACES) Mobility Coalition, an effort across the transportation sector dedicated to accelerating the full integration of automated, connected, electric, shared-use vehicles in mobility networks across the U.S., according to ACES's news release.
The ACES Mobility Coalition was established to ensure reforms consider safety, equity, sustainability, and the good-paying jobs associated with an emerging industry.
The ACES Mobility Coalition is focused on reasserting the U.S. as a leader in next-generation mobility technology.
The ACES Mobility Coalition is committed to engaging federal and state policymakers and regulators, in addition to institutions of higher education, labor unions, nonprofit organizations, and other transportation stakeholders.
ACES Mobility Coalition Priorities
The group’s priorities include:
- Safety and Incremental Innovation at the Core: The ACES Mobility Coalition emphasizes an incremental approach to autonomous travel, recognizing that not all autonomous technologies advance at the same pace. The ACES Mobility Coalition believes that autonomous vehicles designed to operate at lower speeds along planned routes within defined environments offer the best opportunity to advance innovation while prioritizing safety and consumer acceptance.
- Inclusivity and Job Creation: The ACES Mobility Coalition stands firm on the principle that driverless mobility does not mean human-less mobility. Autonomous driving technology will create new job opportunities in manufacturing, maintenance, software development, and remote supervision. The goal is to augment and strengthen existing shared mobility, not replace it. The ACES Mobility Coalition will advocate for policies that will attract and retain manufacturers of this next-generation technology and the jobs they will create.
- Focus on the Benefits of Shared-Use Autonomous Travel: Autonomous travel can take many forms – from freight to single occupancy personal vehicles – but the ACES Mobility Coalition is focused on shared-use passenger transportation. The ACES Mobility Coalition calls on Congress to ensure that reforms are inclusive of the next generation of automated vehicles, which will weigh more than personal vehicles but less than commercial vehicles. Ensuring transportation planners have the ability to integrate autonomous, connected, electric, shared vehicles into their networks will address transportation concerns related to road safety, connectivity, accessibility, congestion, carbon emissions, and noise pollution.
Founding Members of ACES Mobility Coalition
Automated. Connected. Electric. Shared. (ACES) Mobility Coalition Founding Members include:
- City of Altamonte Springs, Florida
- Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA)
- Houston Metro
- Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)
- Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
- The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTCNV)
- Beep, Inc.