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ATA’s Spear Sees Trucking as “Test Bed” for Autonomous Technology


(Stephane Babcock – HDT Truckinginfo)

According to president and CEO Chris Spear, the American Trucking Associations has “shaped the interstate highway system” in the 84 years since its inception, something that needs to continue during the Trump administration.

“We have to understand the environment we are working in,” Spears said, addressing the opening general session of the Omintracs Outlook conference being held here Feb. 26 to March 1. “[President Trump] has taken a much more different approach. He’s coming to Washington not owing anyone anything. The president is pretty much a freelancer.”

The recent change in administration could help the ATA and the industry itself “put some pretty big wins on the board,” he added. The first step would be the passage of one part of Trump’s economic plan – $1 trillion of infrastructure spending over the next decade. ATA, in Spears opinion, should be a partner in this move, not “an impediment.” Click here to read more.

Related: Startup Firm Unveils Prototype Autonomous Truck (HDT Truckinginfo)