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FT: FedEx Freight Calls for US Self-Driving Truck Regulations

FT: FedEx Freight Calls for US Self-Driving Truck Regulations

By    |   Tuesday, 11 April 2017 08:30 AM

FedEx Freight’s chief reportedly is pushing for aviation-style federal rules to govern “autonomous trucking” in the United States.

The push comes at a time when the regulatory future of self-driving trucks is still undecided, the Financial Times reported.

Michael Ducker, chief executive of FedEx Freight, one of the largest shipment U.S. companies, told the Financial Times that it was regulation and social acceptance, not technology barriers, that would determine how soon self-driving tech became widely adopted in US trucking.

“It is coming faster than many people think, just because technology is advancing so rapidly,” Ducker said. “I think technology will lead, and sociological issues will lag, in this particular case.”

For sure, the future of self-driving vehicles is still very much up in the air.

Newsmax Finance Insider Lauren Fix warns that from her personal experience, self-driving vehicles aren't quite ready to go solo, just yet.

"I went for a ride at CES in a connected, autonomous concept vehicle and it seems that despite all the hype and “things are going well line” being fed to us at all levels there are still some serious bugs that need fixing and issues that need to be solved before we roll out Level 5 autonomous vehicles and proclaim victory," she recently wrote for Newsmax Finance.

"I am being honest and calling the situation for what it is—not quite there yet," Fix proclaimed.

Meanwhile, a recent AAA poll found about three-fourths of Americans are afraid to ride in a self-driving car but that most want some autonomous technologies in their next vehicle.

The poll’s findings showed 78 percent of those surveyed were fearful about using self-driving technology, about the same margin professing that fear in last year’s survey, according to USA Today.

But while most were fearful of riding in a fully self-driving car, a majority of 59 percent said they did want autonomous technologies in the next car they purchased.

“U.S. drivers may experience the driver assistance technologies in their cars today and feel they don’t work consistently enough to replace a human driver — and they’re correct,” AAA director of Automative Engineering and Industry Relations Greg Brannon said in a statement, Motortrend reported.

“While these technologies will continue to improve over time, it’s important that consumers understand that today’s systems require your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.”

(Newsmax wires services contributed to this report).

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