Chairman of the American Trucking Associations, Chris Spears, who was appointed as a member of the United States Department of transportation Automation advisory committee. Chris Spears is a consistent advocate for the recognition of trucking, to play an integral part and have a key seat at the echelon of autonomous vehicle technology.
He, alongside twenty four other foremost members from different discipline are to oversee the affairs of the committee and enact new policies and laws to guide the development of the DOT in the United States.
The committee is saddled with the enormous responsibility of enhancing professional relationships amongst its stakeholders and members to create opportunities and help solve difficult challenges associated with Autonomous Vehicle technology.
Chris Spears speaking, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity given by the former USA secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx to represent the committee at their first general meeting scheduled for the 16th of January. He said, “trucking is vital to the U.S economy and is an important part of our transportation system, so it is imperative that trucking and its association have a seat at the table when it comes to issues like autonomous vehicles, and we will be driving that outcome."
He intends to help the American government develop good policies at its early stage.
Chris Spears added that "while large-scale use of autonomous trucks is years away, the policy framework is years away, the policy formwork that will govern the future is being debated and ultimately written today, and I look forward to vigorously participating in those discussions on behalf of the trucking industry."