In an industry first, Penske Truck Leasing has joined the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) coalition that aims to inform the public and policymakers on the facts regarding self-driving vehicles and new automotive technologies.
Headquartered in Pennsylvania and a partnership of the Penske Corporation and Automotive Group and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Penske Truck Leasing is a leading global transportation services provider, operating more than 311,000 vehicles, with customers from more than 1,100 locations in North America the rest of the world. The move to join the PAVE partnership is an effort by the company that aligns with its mobility strategies around connected, automated, shared, and electric commercial vehicles. PAVE is a broad coalition of leading industry, non-profit and academic institutions launching a first-of-its kind, fact-based campaign to inform the public and government about the potential and reality of advanced vehicle technologies.
“Varying levels of automation are already happening in the trucking industry. We’re committed to helping advance a better understanding and separating the hype from realities with our customers and general public when it comes to automated trucks,” said Sherry Sanger, senior vice president of marketing at Penske Truck Leasing. “Automation takes many forms in trucking, ranging from existing collision-avoidance and lane departure warning systems to other driver-assisted technologies. Advanced driver assistance in trucks and fully-automated trucks may one day provide a range of societal and industry benefits including safety, environmental, and productivity when it comes to mobility.”
PAVE coalition manager, Tara Andringa, commented, “Our members are united by a belief in the power of automated vehicles to improve safety, mobility and sustainability, and also a belief that, to achieve these benefits, we need to make sure everyone has the knowledge to participate in the conversation about the future of transportation. We are excited that Penske has joined our coalition working to bring facts and understanding to these important conversations so that they can fully participate in shaping the future of our roads and highways.”