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Press Release: MEMA Joins Coalition Aimed to Shape the Future of Automated Vehicles Through Education

Date: June 3, 2020

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) have joined Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), a coalition of industry, nonprofit, and academic institutions working to inform and educate the public and policymakers on the facts regarding automated vehicles so that they can fully participate in shaping the future of our roads and highways.

“PAVE’s goal is purely educational: the coalition does not advocate for a particular technology or for specific public policies. Its members believe that in order to fully realize the benefits of driverless technology, policymakers and the public need factual information about the present and future state of technology and its potential benefits,” PAVE said.

PAVE helps enhance public understanding of driverless technology through:

  • An educational website and social media channels
  • “Hands-on” demonstrations allowing the public to see and experience driverless technology
  • Educational toolkits for auto dealers to help dealer personnel — often the key interface between vehicle designers and vehicle customers — educate their customers about driverless technology
  • Policy-maker workshops designed to provide officials at local, state, and national levels understand driverless technology so they can make the best decisions for their constituents

“This goal fits perfectly with MEMA’s longtime effort to help shape the future of vehicle technology by educating policymakers about innovations that can improve and save lives,” MEMA President and CEO Bill Long said. “Our members are at the core of developing and implementing these automated vehicle technologies. Advancing them through solid, fact-based education is essential.”

Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a major industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 115-year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.
A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 200 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.
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The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles — such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity — and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, Federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 734,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 3.6 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit