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U.S. Regulators Eye Policy for Autonomous Trucks, Trains


(Ryan Been – Bloomberg)

Federal regulators are taking the first step toward creating a policy guiding the development of autonomous transportation beyond self-driving cars to include trucks, buses and other ground-based modes.

The U.S. Transportation Department will soon publish four requests for public comment on how to cast aside roadblocks for transportation advancements in vehicles, trains, buses, commercial trucking and transit systems, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Wednesday.

“Right now there are too many outdated transportation rules, terms and concepts that no longer apply to an automated world,” Chao said during a speech at CES, the annual technology show sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association in Las Vegas. “This request for input will help the government identify which regulations, parts of regulations or terminology need to be updated to allow for innovation to move forward.” Click here to read more.

Related: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Release of Automated Vehicle Requests for Public Comment (DOT)