LOS ANGELES, California – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking the public to comment on the future of automated driving systems. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking this as well.


The FMCSA and NHTSA are filing advanced notices on proposed rulemaking regarding automated driving systems (ADS). Specifically, the institutions want recommendations on how to move forward with implementing this technology. Additionally, they filed the notices on May 22.


The two federal agencies plan to get rid of “unnecessary regulatory barriers”. These could slow the progress of driverless truck technology.


Specifically, the agencies are requesting opinions on which regulations should be “amended, revised, or eliminated”. Ultimately, their goal is to deploy ADS faster.


The FMCSA added, “FMCSA is considering changes to its rules to account for significant differences between human operators and ADS.”


FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez said further, “FMCSA is hoping to receive feedback from commercial motor vehicle stakeholders and the motoring public on how the agency should adapt its regulations for the development of increased automated driving systems in large trucks and buses.  We know that while many of these technologies are still in development, it is critical that we carefully examine how to make federal rules keep up with this advancing technology.”


Click here to learn more about giving your comments to the FMCSA. The FMCSA offers multiple options. Moreover, you can contact them for further information.


The FMCSA and NHTSA will accept public comments on the proposed rulemaking for 60 days. This will start after formal publication to the Federal Register.