Self-driving big rigs: More like the internet than the iPhone

Federal regulations give autonomous trucking companies wide latitude to operate on public roads, but as a new administration prepares to take office, industry players are hoping for closure and clarity on rulemaking that would accelerate commercialization and deployment.

That was one of the takeaways from a panel on autonomous trucking held during Tuesday’s virtual Autonomous Vehicles Symposium hosted by American University.

According to 2018 U.S. DOT guidance, “no new regulations are required for automated motor vehicles to hit the road,” said Monika Darwish, policy counsel for Embark, a self-driving trucking technology company. “That remains true today.”

Nevertheless, she said, Embark is “anxiously awaiting” the FMCSA rulemaking regarding the integration of autonomous driving systems (ADS) into commercial vehicles.