USDOT establishes advisory committee on transportation automation

Updated Jan 17, 2017
This Lexus RX450h is one of the cars tested in Google’s fleet of autonomous test vehicles.This Lexus RX450h is one of the cars tested in Google’s fleet of autonomous test vehicles.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has formed a new advisory committee tasked with focusing on automation issues across the transportation industry, including automated vehicles and research, policy and regulations. The first meeting will be held Jan. 16.

“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, says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “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.”

Committee members include:

Co-chair: Mary Barra, chairman and CEO, General Motors

Co-chair: Eric Garcetti, mayor, Los Angeles, California

Vice chair: J. Chris Gerdes, professor of engineering, Stanford University

Gloria Boyland, corporate vice president, operations and service support, FedEx

Robin Chase, co-founder Zipcar and Veniam

Douglas Chey, senior vice president of systems development, HyperLoop One

Henry Claypool, policy director, Community Living Policy Center

Mick Cornell, mayor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mary Cummings, director, Humans and Autonomy Lab, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Dean Garfield, president and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council

Mary Gustanski, vice president of engineering & program management, Delphi Automotive

Debbie Hersman, president and CEO, National Safety Council

Rachel Holt, regional general manager, U.S. and Canada, Uber

Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, Apple

Tim Kentley-Klay, co-founder and CEO Zoox

John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo

Gerry Murphy, senior corporate counsel, aviation, Amazon

Robert Reich, chancellor’s professor of public policy, Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Keller Rinaudo, CEO, Zipline International

Chris Spear, president and CEO, American Trucking Associations

Chelsey Sullenberger, founder and CEO, Safety Reliability Methods

Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor, School of Law and School of Engineering, University of South Carolina

Jack Weekes, operations vice president, Innovation Team, State Farm Insurance

Ed Wytkind, president, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

John Zimmer, co-found and president, Lyft