What if no one is ready for self-driving vehicles?


My good friend and colleague Kevin Jones – editor of Fleet Owner’s brother publication, American Trucker magazine – penned an insightful blog post the other day, musing about the potential pushback against autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the wake of Tesla’s notorious autopilot failure back in May that killed a driver who literally wasn’t driving his self-guided vehicle when it slammed into (of all things) a tractor-trailer.

It’s interesting to also note that vehicle safety regulators are bluntly stating that this incident is not going to slow down their efforts to make AVs an everyday driving reality.

Indeed, it’s been fascinating for me to watch just how fast and hard the Obama administration, through the U.S. Department of Transportation, (DOT), is trying to speed up the AV development process largely for potential safety advantages – making them a key piece of a major technology investment push announced back in January.

Even state legislatures are jumping aboard the AV bandwagon, looking for ways to help spur more self-driving pilot tests – even for autonomous commercial vehicles.6:55 AM 7/24/2016

Source: http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-if-no-one-ready-self-driving-vehicles

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