Developments in autonomous trucking regulations are so new that partisan lines have yet to harden. The benefits around safer, more efficient and more economically viable operations are clearly understood to be widespread, and policy makers are eager to bring those future benefits into the present. While recent USDOT reports show that lose your job because of automation, there are still different approaches to how to use this opportunity to shape the future of transportation.
For autonomous trucking, a few important provisions have been debated in recent years and should come up again in this year’s renewed push. Previous House and Senate efforts have explicitly excluded commercial motor vehicles from legislation. So why are they important for autonomous trucking?