Communication, Teamwork Necessary to Adopt Autonomous Technology, Experts Say at Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting

Cooperation from both private sector and federal partners can ease the process for states that are in the midst of adopting automated technology, according to Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar.

Speaking about automation alongside a group of panelists at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 14, Millar said educational materials and communication would help bring state, local, federal and private entities to the same page. He also said coordinated efforts to adopt automated technologies can benefit freight haulers.

“We very much want to electrify our highway systems. A great opportunity to do that would be our rest areas. A great opportunity to do that efficiently and effectively would be to work with private-sector partners on our rest areas,” Millar said. “I think truck platooning is important. I think truck parking is more important.”