Google, carmakers, ride-sharing services team up to expedite autonomous cars


Google's autonomous Lexus RX450h

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The list is a who's who of autonomous driving: Google, Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F], Volvo, Uber, and General Motors Company-backed [NYSE:GM] Lyft have all banded together to create a coalition designed to speed up the process by which autonomous cars will become a road-going reality.

The quintet of firms said this week that they will work together to push "lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles." 

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Don't look for any sort of technology to be shared among the group. The coalition is merely designed to serve as a unified voice regarding policy initiatives. Both the coalition and the federal government have stated that they are seeking to implement a unified set of rules for autonomous cars rather than a state-by-state patchwork.

Ford and Uber recently agreed to work together to share vehicle technology and the ride-sharing service's learnings.

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The coalition's first move was to tap former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Strickland to to serve as both its counsel and its spokesperson.

This week, NHTSA is holding a public forum at Stanford University on self-driving car guidelines. The agency intends to release recommendations on providing autonomous car rules and infrastructure in the next few months.

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