Lawmakers warn of automation’s potential to replace drivers

“A U.S. Congressional committee responsible for funding federal transportation programs is calling on regulators to develop a “national strategy” to address drivers who could be displaced by autonomous vehicles (AVs).” – According to article in freightwaves.com and its author John Gallagher

Gallagher also wrote – “In a report published on June 3 explaining priorities set out in the initial draft of the transportation funding bill for fiscal year 2020, the House Appropriations Committee registered concern that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and its subsidiary agencies were not adequately preparing for challenges that could result from automation, particularly the potential for putting drivers out of work.”

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Source and credits : freightwaves.com / John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent

 

“Someday in the near future, there will be no need for mirrors on commercial trucks because they may be no drivers to look into them. But until that day, mirrors remain a key part of the safety equation for truck drivers”. – According to article in freightwaves.com and its author Brian Straight

Straight also wrote – “Like everything else, though, companies are using technology to change that. So-called “mirrorless trucks” are already out on the highways being tested, and the camera technology being used could replace mirrors in the very near future, leaving drivers turning to video displays rather than physical mirrors”.

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Source and credits : freightwaves.com / Brian Straight

“Self-driving truck startup TuSimple announced today that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has awarded it a contract to perform five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling the agency’s trailers more than 1,000 miles between the USPS distribution centers in Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas”. – According to article in freightwaves.com and its author Linda Baker

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Source and credits : freightwaves.com / Linda Baker, Staff Writer

“As some technology companies scale back or eliminate their self-driving programs, Starsky Robotics is pushing forward with its autonomous truck technology”. -According to article in freightwaves.com and it author Clarissa Hawes

Hawes also wrote – “The self-driving truck startup completed a series of road tests, with a driver behind the wheel, on a section of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway near Tampa, Florida, during the week of May 13”.

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Source and credits : freightwaves.com  / Clarissa Hawes

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