Global Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

Safeguarding people, unleashing trillions of dollars and saving the planet. 

The Opportunity

It is inevitable that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will become the dominant form of transportation in the 21st century – the question is when.

Every year 1.2 million people die in ground vehicle accidents and 94% of all accidents are caused by human error. AVs will significantly reduce these rates and prevent accidents from taking more lives. Leaps in productivity and efficiency, along with reduced environmental impact will generate trillions in positive economic growth. And once AVs are ubiquitous, we expect emergent and unanticipated benefits – and challenges.

The Challenges

Significant forces are impeding the rapid adoption of AVs. While technical hurdles remain, they are quickly being overcome. Oddly enough, it won’t be the technology itself that slows down AV adoption but rather economic, social, regulatory, and technical communications standards:

Regulatory & Ethical

Already autonomous vehicle capabilities exceed the existing legal and regulatory frameworks. Furthermore, it is unclear where liability will lie; with owners, car manufacturers, or hardware and software engineers?

Technical Standards

Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2X) communication standards do not yet exist, but are imperative for AVs to be successful. Additionally, very significant security, surveillance, hacking and privacy issues remain to be solved.


Change by its nature leads to resistance and fears; AVs will need to make life-or-death decisions in advance of an accident. Costs for infrastructure changes will be significant. Not all parties will be winners and opposition will be vocal & significant - jobs will be lost as well as gained; diverse and powerful constituencies with competing points of view will be in play.

The Global Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

The Partnership’s vision is simple: Autonomous vehicles become globally dominant and ubiquitous by 2040. Our mission is to coordinate, communicate and advocate for solutions to the challenges working with a wide range of partners from commercial, social and governmental organizations.


GAVP is a nonprofit with financial support from corporate members, sponsors, and grants.

Major Activities:

  • Introduction and management of an AV city certification program with cities around the globe willing to be the early adopters
  • Policy, regulation and legal advocacy and coordination
  • Catalyst for adoption of technology standards for communications: vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure

GAVP was founded in 2016 by Scott Case - an inventor, technologist and philanthropist who was founding CTO of and currently serves as Chair of Network for Good and Vice Chair of Malaria No More.