Autonomous Trucks – ...

Autonomous Trucks – Rolling Down an Interstate Near You – With the Potential to Take Liability Out of the Company/Driver’s Hands

August 27, 2020 | by Arthur D. Spratlin, Jr. Caroline Loveless

The transportation revolution is here! Fasten your seatbelts!

The race is on for the mass rollout of self-driving, autonomous vehicles (AVs). The reality is that the technology is here (subject only to being fine-tuned), but the current federal and state regulatory schemes (or lack of them) are causing confusion and delays. In other words, our existing automobile laws are becoming more outdated day-by-day as AV technology continues to advance, and these outdated laws are creating barriers to the development, testing and deployment of AVs.

While the “non-traditional” auto manufacturers (Google/Waymo, Apple, Uber, Tesla, Zoox, Cruise) raced to take a quick lead in the public’s eye on AV technology, the major auto manufacturers quickly ramped up their AV development to keep the pace. Now, GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, and Audi are all in the race to see which one can bring AVs to the commercial market first.

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