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Trucking group disappointed self-driving bill leaves out big vehicles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. trucking group said Thursday it was disappointed that a compromise bill to advance self-driving cars and eliminate regulatory roadblocks will not include larger vehicles.

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said in a statement the announcement “is not the end of the road for this issue. If more automated cars and trucks are to share the roads, they should also share the same framework.”

Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Senator Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, said they had reached agreement on legislation that would be voted on by the committee on Oct. 4.

General Motors Co (GM.N), Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Ford Motor Co (F.N) and others have lobbied for the legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars by allowing federal regulators to approve their use if they deem them safe. They also want to bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles.


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