Self-Driving US began as a motivated coalition of citizens inspired by the tremendous promise of self-driving cars to bring transportation independence to millions of people with diverse disabilities and equally concerned that this promise may fail to materialize without proactive planning, strong advocacy, and meaningful and inclusive engagement with the disability community.

In 2016, Self-Driving US (then Self-Driving MN) worked with Minnesota state legislators from both sides of the aisle to introduce TIM’s (Transportation Independence for Many) Bill, the nation’s first bill calling for the establishment of a task-force and technology demonstration project focusing exclusively on the opportunities and challenges of self-driving cars for people with disabilities. In response to growing national interest in our work, Self-Driving MN became Self-Driving US and incorporated as a non-profit dedicated to creating, facilitating, and advocating for the inclusion of people with all types of disabilities in decision-making about the development of, planning for, and policy around self-driving cars.

Key Members

Adeel Lari – Board Member
Cheryl Pray – Board Member
Eric Schnell – Board Member, Chair
Joan Wilshire – Board Member, Vice Chair
John Doan – Executive Director
Kjensmo Walker – Board Member, Secretary
Leili Fatehi – Board Member