Senator Mark Green speaks in National Forum on Autonomous Cars, Job Creation

Sponsored Legislation Places Tennessee as Industry Leader in Auto Tech

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Clarksville Republican Senator Mark Green joined technology and auto industry leaders at the University of Maryland’s National Transportation Center in its program, “Automated Vehicle Policy and Regulation: A State Perspective Workshop.”

The highly competitive auto industry is actively pursuing innovative technologies that expand on current amenities available in vehicles that will move toward autonomous or self-driving vehicles. Equipped with a variety of sensors to maintain lane navigation, auto-parking systems, emergency braking capabilities and adaptive cruise-control features, existing newer motor vehicles already have some capacity of computerized control over braking, steering, acceleration and deceleration.

“Tennessee has established its role as a leader in the automotive manufacturing industry. It is imperative that our state lead in the research, development and manufacture of the computer technology and application of these ground-breaking innovations that will benefit Tennesseans with good paying jobs and career opportunities,” noted Green, Vice Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and sponsor of enabling legislation to create an open door for the Volunteer State.

Tennessee enjoys automotive manufacturing plants within its bounds for Volkswagen, General Motors and Nissan as Google opens a $500 million data center in Montgomery County. The ingredients for successful partnerships and industry leadership exist in Tennessee, yet a regulatory environment must be established for public safety while fostering world class innovation.

“Joining policy experts and industry leaders to position Tennessee as a frontrunner among states to lead in this aspect of technology coupled with auto manufacturing was an honor, but it’s an unprecedented opportunity for good jobs,” continued Dr. Green, founder and CEO of a health care provider company headquartered in Clarksville.

The brainpower of engineering, marketing and software development necessary in the early stages of this industry will bring high-paying jobs to the South’s automotive giant which will serve to grow multiple sectors of our state’s economy.

Senator Mark Green has served Montgomery, Houston and Stewart Counties since 2012 with legislative priorities featuring job creation, educational excellence supporting students and teachers and support for our military veterans and their families.

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