Trucking industry, Navistar back U.S. self-driving legislation


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. trucking trade group and truck maker Navistar International Corp (NAV.N) urged a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday to include self-driving commercial trucks in proposed legislation intended to speed autonomous vehicles to market.

The House last week unanimously approved a bill to hasten the use of self-driving cars and bar states from blocking such vehicles. The bill applies only to vehicles under 10,000 pounds (4,536 kg). The Senate is considering a similar draft measure that could include large commercial trucks.

“It’s important for industry to participate in the creation of advanced driving technologies now,” said Navistar Chief Executive Troy Clarke in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee. “Providing clarity on the legislative and regulatory front will allow us, truck manufacturers, to design and validate systems that meet the future needs of our customers.”

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