Leading the Way: A National Task Force on Connected Vehicles

Author: Jon M. Peha


By bringing wireless communications technology to cars and trucks, we could prevent hundreds of thousands of car crashes every year, saving many lives. We could also reduce commute times, fuel consumption, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and the cost of mobile Internet access. In the longer term, deployment of connected vehicle technology can lay groundwork for better autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. In 2021, the Federal Government should establish a task force to develop a coherent vision through open and inclusive processes, and provide leadership to achieve that vision.

Note: As a working paper, this draft is still under development. The author invites your feedback and comments, which can be sent to info@dayoneproject.org.

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About the Author

Jon Peha is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he leads a research program on technology policy. He has served at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Chief Technologist, in the White House as Assistant Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in industry as Chief Technical Officer of three high-tech start-ups, in the House Energy & Commerce Committee, and at USAID where he ran the Telecommunications Leadership Program. He has been a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and the American Library Association’s Board of Advisors. Dr. Peha is an IEEE Fellow and an AAAS Fellow. For more on Dr. Peha, click here.