Self-Driving Trucks Could Hurt Drivers, Teamsters Tell U.S. Senators

The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing yesterday on automated vehicles that focused on the future of self-driving commercial trucks and 3.5 million commercial truck drivers nationwide.

“Self-driving vehicles have the potential to change the transportation industry as we know it. That can be for the better or for the worse, depending on the actions that this committee, workers and others take,” said Ken Hall, general secretary treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. “It is incumbent upon the members of this committee that workers are not left behind in this process.”

Even as Hall and others — including U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. — suggested that it may be too early to allow for widespread testing of autonomous commercial trucks across the nation, others said autonomous trucks could greatly help reduce traffic fatalities and improve safety.