TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) says the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s way to deal with computerized vehicles and truck platooning is “estimated and mindful.”
Nonetheless, in its accommodation to the area with respect to proposed revisions to Reg. 306/51, covering a pilot venture for robotized vehicles, the OTA additionally made a few proposals. It needs the region to incorporate the part proficient drivers will keep on playing as the innovation develops.
“OTA underpins pushing ahead with innovation and development that can prompt a more secure, greener and more productive trucking industry, however the consistent will in any case be the driver. What’s to come isn’t the driverless truck yet rather the coordination of prepared proficient drivers into a taxicab with inventive innovation,” said OTA’s Marco Beghetto, VP, interchanges and new media.
The OTA urged the province to consider parameters around the educational requirements for resellers of Level 3 autonomous vehicles, to explain the technology to buyers. The OTA also suggested the MTO consider examining the potential impacts of operator fatigue.
The MTO has proposed allowing the testing of cooperative truck platooning in Ontario. The OTA has suggested that drivers engaged in the pilot be sufficiently trained on the platooning technology that will be used.
“Testing, monitoring and evaluating the platooning aspect of this proposal in partnership with the trucking industry and emphasizing commercial truck operators’ role can bring success to this effort,” said Beghetto.
As for the testing of driverless vehicles, the OTA wants municipal road signage and vehicle labeling to be required, to notify local road users of the presence of automated vehicles. Public awareness and education is also urged.