FMCSA hosting West Coast listening session on autonomous tech later this week

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled another listening session for later this week to gather information about autonomous trucks.

The upcoming session, set for Thursday, July 12, will be held during the 2018 Automated Vehicles Symposium at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Pacific time. Comments will be accepted from in-person participants, as well as from comments submitted online. A similar session was held last month at the University of Michigan.

FMCSA says it’s hoping to hear comments from autonomous technology stakeholders and more, including academia, insurance groups, and technology providers and developers. Information gathered during the session will help the agency update its regulations as they pertain to the development and safe integration of autonomous trucks and technology.

The agency is focusing on autonomous levels 3-5, which range from vehicles requiring a driver who is ready to take control of the vehicle at any time to vehicles capable of performing all driving functions under all conditions.

Comments for this week’s listening session can be submitted at by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0037 once the notice is published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 10.

Earlier this year, FMCSA received written public comments through a Federal Register notice on the development, testing and deployment of autonomous trucks.

The effort to evaluate regulations that could affect the deployment of autonomous trucks is part of a larger U.S. Department of Transportation initiative to clear a regulatory path for autonomous technology, including driverless trucks.