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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 1:00 am


Legislation needed for driverless breakthrough

At the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly plant, more than 4,000 employees ensure that the trucks we build safely transport our customers and their loved ones.

As plant manager, I've watched our products become safer and safer every year. From the invention of OnStar to the development and testing of our self-driving cars, GM's No. 1 priority has always been safety.

The GMC Sierras and Chevrolet Silverados our men and women build here in Indiana receive top safety ratings year after year, but safe trucks and cars don't always mean they're inoculated from accidents caused by distracted or drunk drivers.

In the U.S., 40,000 people lost their lives and 4.5 million people were seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes last year alone. More than 90 percent of those accidents were caused by human error.

GM, other car manufacturers and tech companies are hoping to change that statistic with the deployment of self-driving cars. Self-driving cars don't check their phones while they're driving and drive home drunk after a night out. The realities of this technology are at our fingertips, but there's a roadblock. We need a law so these cars can safely operate.

To fully reap the benefits of self-driving cars, Congress needs to pass federal legislation establishing safety standards and creating a regulatory framework to standardize laws already on the books in 29 states.

The American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies, also known as the AV START Act, does just that, but it has been stuck in the Senate for more than a year.

On behalf of the GM plant in Fort Wayne, I'm calling on our senators, Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, to make our roads safer and bring the AV START Act to a vote.

Mike Thomas

Fort Wayne

Cornucopia of memory

As a citizen of Fort Wayne, I am interested in preserving some of our iconic forgotten treasures. One of those icons is the cornucopia on the old Eavey's/Scott's building.

It is in perfect condition in my opinion and really deserves to be shown off and placed in an area where it can be preserved and appreciated. My suggestion: The Electric Works site would be the perfect place to preserve and display the cornucopia. If they could incorporate that into the farmers market area or restaurant section of Electric Works, I think it would serve our city well. After all, Fort Wayne was featured in Life Magazine when the supermarket first opened.

Fort Wayne can always be proud of our willingness to see into the future. I am excited to see all of the new ideas and projects coming to our area.

Beth A. Martinsky

Fort Wayne

Vote people over party

If we are to all come together as one nation, we have to stop all the negativity from the left and right.

When we go to the polls, we need to think for ourselves and vote for the people who will work for us and be willing to work together for the good of our country, not for Republicans and Democrats.

If both parties work together and stop all the nasty tweets and ads, we can truly keep America great. If not, we are all in for a rough time.

Here's hoping everyone starts to think for themselves and vote for people who will work for us and not for the political parties.

Paul Rowan