Six States Reviewing Self-Driving Truck Restrictions

From California to New York, six states review laws on autonomous trucks, focusing on safety and job security. Here's a quick rundown.

Six States Reviewing Self-Driving Truck Restrictions
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As the debate over autonomous trucks continues, enthusiasts champion the tech for its potential to boost efficiency and cut costs, while skeptics voice concerns over safety and job losses. It's a classic face-off between innovation and tradition, and right now, six states are considering legislation on autonomous trucking.

State-by-State Autonomous Truck Update

  • California: Efforts continue to require human operators in autonomous trucks over 10,001 pounds. Gov. Newsom vetoed a similar bill last year, but Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry is back with AB2286.
  • Florida: Sen. Torres proposes SB1580, demanding a human driver in autonomous trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds.
  • Indiana: With HB1022 and SB57, Indiana looks to mandate human operators in autonomous trucks, echoing safety and employment concerns.
  • Iowa: SF2218, introduced by Sen. Wahls, insists on a human driver for commercial autonomous vehicles.
  • Kentucky: After a veto last year, HB7 advances in the House, tweaking truck platooning laws to possibly allow driverless following vehicles.
  • New York: Bills S7758 and A8621 aim to require human operators in trucks with autonomous tech, safeguarding jobs and safety.

Each state is navigating the balance between innovation and safety, with a clear lean towards ensuring human oversight in the mix.

Source: Land Line Now

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