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Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

September 14, 2017

Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing Sept. 13 to explore automated vehicle technology for commercial trucks – including testing and deployment challenges as compared with highly-automated vehicles. Of interest to NATSO members, the hearing focused on whether separate standards should be required for highly-automated passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, and the potential employment challenges autonomous technology will have on the trucking industry. Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) on Sept. 8 released draft legislation on self-driving vehicles. Currently, the Thune-Peters draft legislation does not include regulations for commercial trucks.

ATA Urges NHTSA to Include Trucking in Autonomous Vehicle Discussions

October 31, 2016

ATA Urges NHTSA to Include Trucking in Autonomous Vehicle Discussions

Chris Spear, the new President of the American Trucking Associations, criticized the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) for excluding the trucking industry as it developed guidance on driverless vehicles.

Self-Driving Cars Must Meet 15 Benchmarks

September 20, 2016

Self-Driving Cars Must Meet 15 Benchmarks

The Obama Administration on Sept. 20 unveiled proposed guidelines for self-driving cars that include 15 benchmarks that U.S. automakers must meet before their cars can come to market.

NHTSA Tackles Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles Amid Public Safety and Privacy Concerns

July 6, 2016

NHTSA Tackles Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles Amid Public Safety and Privacy Concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expects to issue industry guidelines on the deployment of autonomous vehicles later this summer. As trucking companies grow more attracted to the cost-savings these technologies can generate, regulations surrounding trucking -- such as hours-of-service rules -- could evolve as well, with serious implications for truckstops.