Google, Ford, the ride-sharing service Uber have joined a coalition whose sole purpose is to push for federal action that will help bring self-driving cars to the market at a faster pace.
Also part of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets is Volvo and Uber-rival Lyft.
The group said in a statement it will “work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.”
David Strickland, the former top official of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is writing new guidance on self-driving cars. He will be the coalition’s counsel and spokesman.
“The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards and the coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles,” Strickland said in the statement.
The announcement comes just one day before the NHTSA is holding the second of two public forums to discuss self-driving car guidelines.
In attendance for those talks will be tech companies and automakers.
Ford said in a statement the group will “work together to advocate for policy solutions that will support the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles.”
In February, NHTSA said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law. That was a big announcement that could help further the driverless car initiative.