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Autonomous Vehicle Bill Passes House, in Senate Hands

by Anna Mischke | Sep 15, 2017

CUSTOMER NEWS 091517The SELF DRIVE Act, a bill on autonomous car legislation, successfully made it through the US House of representatives and awaits deliberation from the Senate. SELF DRIVE Act intends to create a protocol for manufacturers to create and test autonomous cars. Companies will be permitted to test up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles on regular roads, whether they meet safety standards or not. The forward-moving legislation prevents states from barring testing of self-driving vehicles on state highways, while establishing procedures in response to concerns over safety and privacy of autonomous vehicles.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a separate hearing September 13th to discuss the potential repercussions specifically for autonomous commercial vehicles, as the original legislation framework did not address self-driving trucks. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters alongside other unions effectively lobbied to exclude commercial trucks from the original legislation.

Consideration surrounding autonomous trucks is heavily focused on the negative impact self-driving commercial vehicles may have on US jobs. President of the Transportation Trades Department at the AFL-CIO, Larry I. Willis, stated that “Adequately addressing the impact driverless vehicles will have on jobs, wages and safety will require more deliberation and public input from all stakeholders, including transportation labor.”

Senator John Thune of South Dakota, stated at the separate hearing press conference that, “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and our Nation’s Highways…will examine the benefits of automated truck safety technology as well as the potential impacts on jobs and the economy.” Teamsters Colonel Scott G Hernandez, chief of Colorado State Patrol, and General Secretary Ken Hall will provide testimonies at the hearing and witnesses include Navistar CEO Troy Clarke, American Trucking Associations CEO, Chris Spear, and National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman. 

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  1. Mutter trucker | Sep 18, 2017
    In a world with  perfect  rds. Infustructure is key.f-tard congress couldn't pass a stop sign.where's their cameras watching them?souls for sale!A.I.the perfect world.what's next food a luxury?like healthcares.S.O.B.s

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