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self-driving trucks An artificial intelligence system could constitute a “driver” under federal trucking rules in a bid to ease barriers to the technology. (Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, “Preparing for the Future of Transportation,” Automated Vehicles 3.0.)

(Bloomberg) – The U.S. Transportation Department has given a boost to companies working on automated long-haul trucks, saying an artificial intelligence system could constitute a “driver” under federal trucking rules in a bid to ease barriers to the technology.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will no longer assume that a commercial vehicle driver is human, according to the Transportation Department’s “Automated Vehicles 3.0” guidance released Thursday. That is an initial step to allow trucks to travel across state lines piloted by an autonomous driving system.

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