Trucks Not Allowed In Self-Driving Car Legislation
Trucks have come a long way from where they used to be. There are currently about 6 million semi trucks driving the roads these days with drivers behind the wheel.
Recently, congress passed a bill allowing 100,000 self driving cars to be made. Now, an argument was made to include commercial trucks, but it was denied, and self-driving trucks have been dropped from inclusion in the initial build of self-driving vehicles.
Keith Laing, Detroit News Washington Bureau writes..
Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate have dropped self-driving trucks from legislation that would allow automakers to operate thousands of autonomous cars per year on U.S. roads. The action came after a high-profile campaign from labor unions to protect the jobs of professional drivers.
The measure, drafted with input from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, would allow automakers to operate more than 100,000 self-driving cars per year on U.S. roads. But commercial trucks are excluded under a bipartisan agreement that was reached between Peters and U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Trucking groups expressed disappointment that they lost out in the fight over whether commercial vehicles should be included in the self-driving legislation. They had pressed lawmakers to offer the same protections for self-driving truck operators that they are considering for autonomous cars.
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