Aurora CEO to Congress: Autonomous trucking is this nation’s opportunity to leverage modern technology

The CEO of Aurora Innovation Inc. met before U.S. congressional representatives in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to explain what autonomous vehicle technology has accomplished and where it might be heading in the years to come.

Chris Urmson, who co-founded Strip District-based Aurora in 2016, was joined by Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association Executive Director Jeff Farrah, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety President Cathy Chase as part of a nearly four-hour discussion hosted by the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure…

Many representatives also raised concerns about the impact this tech will have on the trucking industry’s 1.8 million-person workforce. Farrah and Spear consistently argued that the current gap of about 80,000 workers is reason enough alone for their belief that this technology will complement and add to the workforce, not replace it.

It’s a belief Urmson held as well, though he also said his company’s efforts will ideally bring about safer road conditions for everyone who uses them.