Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Should Include Big Rigs

A J.B. Hunt executive said in a congressional roundtable hosted by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that autonomous vehicle legislation under consideration by Congress should address commercial and passenger vehicles as truck driver turnover rose to its highest level since late 2015.

On Thursday (Dec. 7), Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel for J.B. Hunt, spoke to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Roundtable: Emerging Technologies in the Trucking Industry.

Woodruff, speaking on behalf of the Lowell-based carrier and trade organization American Trucking Associations, said J.B. Hunt was one of many ATA members who were “early adopters of emerging safety technologies,” and these technologies, including driver assist and advanced driver assist, are the foundation for level four and level five autonomous vehicles. Level five autonomous vehicles do not require a driver to operate the vehicle.   MORE

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