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Oct 29, 2016

SELF DRIVING TRUCKS * USA: Rules discussions

* DC - Trucking industry wants seat at self-driving table

--- The trucking industry is pushing for a seat at the table as new rules to allow self-driving cars to operate on U.S. roads are being developed... American Trucking Associations President, Chris Spear, said during an event at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that “the lion’s share” of self-driving guidance recently was released by the U.S. Department of Transportation focused on automakers... “Our industry was not included in that process, despite what was said. We were never at the table, we never had any input,” Spear said during a panel discussion on self-driving organized by the Securing America’s Future Energy group, also known as SAFE... Just this week, Anheuser-Busch announced that it had completed the world’s first commercial shipment by self-driving truck, sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles through Colorado... Spear said Wednesday that regulators should also be thinking about the benefits of self-driving trucks. He cited a fatal crash between a Tesla vehicle that was being operated in “Autopilot” mode that collided with a semi-trailer that turned left in front of the car, saying the accident could have avoided if both vehicles were autonomous... Spear said he doesn’t foresee trucks being operated completely autonomously any time in the near future, despite the potential safety benefits he touted Wednesday... 
(Photo: (1) Tractor-trailer turns left in front of Tesla; (2) Tesla fails to brake and collides windshield-first with truck)   --  Washington, DC, USA - The Detroit News, by Keith Laing - October 26, 2016

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