July 10, 2018 12:15 PM, EDT

FMCSA to Host Autonomous Vehicles Listening Session July 12

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The country’s top trucking regulator wants to hear what you have to say about autonomous vehicles.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled a listening session July 12 during the Automated Vehicles Symposium at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Senior officials will be in attendance.

The session will aim to gather feedback on industry concerns regarding automated driving systems for trucks operating along freight corridors.

Stakeholders planning to attend are asked to share their relevant analyses and data with the agency. Two hours have been dedicated for the event.

“This listening session will supplement the information gathered from FMCSA’s previous requests for comment on issues related to automation,” the agency emphasized.

FMCSA hosted a similar listening session last month at the University of Michigan’s MCity research facility. There, agency Administrator Ray Martinez called automated vehicles “tools that will lead us to safer roadways.”

“Automation can reduce congestion, which can improve productivity and limit the cause associated with crashes,” Martinez said last month.

FMCSA is gathering public input for its advance notice of proposed rulemaking for commercial vehicles equipped with automated driving systems. The notice’s publication is scheduled for the end of the year.