Autonomous Guidance on Docket at July MCSAC Meetings

Autonomous Waymo trucks
Waymo autonomous freight trucks. (Waymo)

Autonomous technology will be among the topics to be examined at the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meetings scheduled for July 30-31, federal trucking regulators announced.

The committee plans to finish deliberating and issue recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on commercial vehicles equipped with automated driving systems, or ADS, according to a notice the agency posted in the Federal Register on June 29.


Additionally, the committee will expound on the agency’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, as well as review regulations with the aim of identifying duplicative guidance.

“Public discussions regarding [automated driving systems] have become more prominent in recent months as developers continue efforts to demonstrate and test the viability of advanced driver assistance systems on large commercial vehicles,” the agency indicated in the notice. “FMCSA encourages the development of these advanced safety technologies for use on commercial vehicles, while recognizing the need to work with the states to ensure that, from an operations standpoint, all testing and use of these advanced safety systems is conducted in a manner that ensures the safe operation of ADS-equipped [commercial motor vehicles].”

The meetings will be held at the U.S. Department of Transportation offices in Washington.