Briefly: Driverless truck company taps industry leaders for advice

Collage of trucking industry council

Autonomous trucking technology company Kodiak Robotics, Inc., recently announced it has created an industry advisory council the company said will help shape the company’s product development, deployment, and public engagement. 

The committee is chaired by former Kodiak chief operating officer and current strategic advisor and board member, James Reed. Reed is also Vice President of Transportation Development at Walmart. 

Other members of the council are:

  • Chad Dittberner, Senior Vice President, Dry & Expedited, Werner Enterprises
  • Anne Ferro, former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and former president and CEO, of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
  • William Kruger, vice president of Fleet Maintenance and Engineering of UPS
  • Shannon Newton, President, Arkansas Trucking Association
  • Brett Suma, Founder and CEO, Loadsmith
“Kodiak’s Industry Advisory Council will help carry us through our next phase of growth, as we work alongside our partners to safely and efficiently deploy our driverless technology,” said Reed. “We’re fortunate to have such an esteemed group of industry luminaries whose range of experience includes work with industry-leading shippers, carriers, safety advocates, and regulators.

FMCSA plans meeting on its online registration system

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host its second Registration Modernization Stakeholder Day from 1-3 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 29.

This will be the second public meeting to discuss the agency's efforts to shape the future of its modernized online registration system.

"As we develop a more user-friendly registration system that manages the registration life cycle of regulated entities, we would like your input," said the FMCSA on its website. "Please join us virtually to provide insight and feedback to improve your registration experience with FMCSA."

Registration for the event is not yet open but will be available online here.

The FMCSA said it plans to overhaul its registration system, and end MC numbers, and using USDOT numbers as the sole identifier for carriers, brokers, forwarders, and others. 


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