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Trucking Alliance: favors driver-assisted rather than fully autonomous technology


Tuesday, February 28, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

The Truck Alliance issued a statement saying it supports advanced vehicle technologies that enable commercial drivers to use highly automated driving systems that enhance safety and security, not fully automated systems.
The Truck Alliance issued a statement saying it supports advanced vehicle technologies that enable commercial drivers to use highly automated driving systems that enhance safety and security, not fully automated systems.

The Alliance for Driver Safety and Security (Trucking Alliance) today released a statement supporting the development of “driver assisted” technologies which don’t dispense with the truck driver altogether but which “achieve safety performance levels that rival commercial airlines.”

The Trucking Alliance Board of Directors “unanimously” voted in favor of supporting such technology including:

  • Supports advanced driver-assisted technologies in commercial vehicles rather than commercial vehicles that rely solely on full automation
  • Believes that commercial drivers are an indispensable asset to the safe operation of commercial vehicles
  • Maintains the principle that commercial drivers are necessary to improve the safety and security of the general public, and
  • Believes that commercial drivers are integral to supply chain accountability as well as managing unforeseen weather events, emergencies, detours, vehicle conditions, computer software programs, cyber security disruptions, cargo security and in providing efficient customer service.”

Further, an Alliance statement said, “Trucking Alliance companies support regulatory and legislative proposals that, if adopted, could reduce large truck accidents, injuries and fatalities that occur each year on the nation’s highways.”

Created in 2011, the alliance comprises the member companies Cargo Transporters of North Carolina; Dupré Logistics of Louisiana, JB Hunt Transport Services of Arkansas, KLLM Transport Services of Mississippi, Knight Transportation of Arizona, Maverick USA of Arkansas and US Xpress of Tennessee. Affiliation is by invitation.

Member companies operate more than 38,000 trucks 110,000 trailers and containers and employ 46,475 professionals.

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