Global Automakers

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Global Automakers' members are developing the next generation of safety technologies and introducing innovations such as lane-departure warning systems, collision mitigation systems, and active front head restraints. Our members lead the industry in helping reduce the risk of accidental injuries to children by voluntarily installing push-down/pull-up power window switches and brake-transmission shift interlocks, in advance of federal regulations.

In addition to advancing vehicle technologies, Global Automakers are dedicated to addressing safety problems associated with driver behavior. We support restrictions on the use of hand-held electronic devices for phone calls and text messaging by drivers while operating motor vehicles. Our member companies are taking a comprehensive approach to automotive safety addressing both protection and prevention.

Issues in Action


On January 17, Global Automakers testified before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in opposition to Senate Bill 9 which would grant the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration authority for rule making to address automated and connected vehicles. Global Automakers testimony focused on the overly broad nature of the bill and expressed concern that the legislation would create uncertainty for automotive manufacturers and others who are investing heavily in the technology as well as establish a patchwork of state laws that could slow the pace of innovation.


A coalition of automakers, highway safety advocates and intelligent transportation organizations welcome the release of the Department of Transportation’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish an interoperable platform for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications in new vehicles to provide safety and mobility benefits. 


Statement from Damon Porter, Director of State Government Affairs 


Global Automakers appreciates the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) efforts to address issues of distracted drivers more broadly through the release of its Phase II Distraction Guidelines. With the rapid pace of innovation, however, the Agency should maintain flexibility as interaction between the driver and technology evolves in a connected and automated vehicle environment.  

By John Bozzella, President and CEO

We‘re on a journey that should lead us to safer, more efficient and more inclusive transportation, thanks to connected and automated vehicle technologies.  And, we’ve come to a critical navigation point.

We’re on the verge of deploying technologies that could fundamentally change how we move people and goods.   But, as with other major technology-driven shifts, the focus often turns to the worst potential outcomes from these developments.  And, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – unless it leads to bad public policy.


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