Washington, DC –While autonomous vehicles (AVs) presented immense benefits before COVID-19, the pandemic has underscored the benefits of contactless deliveries to Americans, particularly seniors, across local communities.
This week, the Energy and Commerce Committee made strides to support contactless deliveries. The bipartisan American Competitiveness on More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (COMPETE) Act passed unanimously in this week’s full committee markup and included several emerging technology bills led by E&C Republicans, including the Advancing Unmanned Delivery Services Act by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH). This bill would direct the Commerce Department to study and report on the impact of these unmanned delivery services.
This bill is an important step to championing contactless delivery services, and we will continue to work to create a federal framework for autonomous vehicles.
A new report from Nuro and Steer shows the economic, social, and environmental impacts of self-driving delivery services. Learn more here or below.
September 10, 2020
We asked the transportation specialists at Steer to produce the first-ever independent economic impact study that specifically evaluated self-driving delivery services. Steer consulted experts, reviewed past reports, and researched the specific impacts that self-driving local delivery will have on everyday Americans.
What Steer Found
Steer projects that from 2025–2035, Americans could use AV delivery services instead of personal cars for much of their daily shopping and errands. This will:
- Create 3.4M jobs annually.
- Stimulate $4.1T in U.S. economic activity.
- Prevent 348K injuries from crashes.
- Save Americans 21B hours of time driving to and from the store over 10 years.
- Decrease CO2 emissions by 407M tons.
Read the full study here.