Google, Ford, Uber join coalition to further self-driving cars

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit, Ford Motor Co, the ride-sharing service Uber  and two other companies said on Tuesday they are forming a coalition to push for federal action to help speed self-driving cars to market.
Sweden-based Volvo Cars, which is owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, and Uber rival Lyft also are part of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. 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.”
The coalition said David Strickland, the former top official of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the top U.S. auto safety agency that is writing new guidance on self-driving cars, will be the coalition’s counsel and spokesman.