CUPERTINO, May 5, 2021
Plus (formerly Plus.ai), a leading provider of self-driving truck technology, today announced Wiley Deck, former Deputy Administrator at U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), is joining the Company as Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy.
In this role, Deck will lead the Company’s Government Affairs and Public Policy strategy and outreach, including working with regulators and other key stakeholders to ensure the safe deployment of autonomous trucks, starting with supervised autonomous trucks. Plus’s supervised autonomous trucking system, PlusDrive, uses the Company’s proprietary full-stack Level 4 self-driving software and operates it with a professional truck operator in the vehicle to supervise the system. The deployment model is designed to help fleets address the critical driver shortage today and save an estimated 10-20% in fuel costs, while also improving the safety and comfort of the truck operator. Mass production of PlusDrive starts this year.
“We are pleased to welcome Wiley to lead our government affairs and public policy effort at this important phase of growth for our company,” said Shawn Kerrigan, COO and Co-founder of Plus. “As the former Deputy Administrator at the FMCSA, Wiley brings a deep understanding of the transportation and infrastructure needs in the United States and the potential of autonomous trucks to transform the freight industry. Wiley will further our dialogue with policymakers and other important stakeholders as we move closer to becoming the first self-driving truck developer to start mass production of an autonomous driving system for heavy trucks.”
“It is an honor to join Plus during this exciting stage of the company’s and industry’s trajectory,” said Wiley Deck. “Autonomous trucking is fundamentally reshaping commercial transport and regulations will be a critical part of unlocking the full potential of this technology to make long-haul trucking safer, more efficient, more comfortable, and better for the environment. Plus sits at the forefront of this evolution and I look forward to working with Shawn and the rest of the team to enable a safer, more sustainable future.”
Wiley Deck most recently served as the Deputy Administrator of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he managed a $600 million budget and was responsible for regulating 530,000 trucking companies, 12,000 bus and motor coach operators and nearly 4 million interstate commercial driver's license (CDL) holders. Prior to that role, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation and Director of Governmental Affairs at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Transportation, Deck served in the U.S. House of Representatives in various roles for over two decades, including Director of Oversight and Investigations for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Chief of Staff for a senior Member of Congress. Deck received a B.A. in International Affairs and American Government from the University of Central Florida.
Plus is a world leader in self-driving truck technology. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the company was founded in 2016 by a group of serial entrepreneurs and industry veterans, each with over 20 years of experience in automotive technology and artificial intelligence. Plus specializes in providing full-stack self-driving technology to enable large-scale autonomous commercial transport. Plus is currently working with some of the leading truck manufacturers, largest shippers, and top fleet operators to begin mass production of its automated driving system. For more information, please visit www.plus.ai or follow us on LinkedIn or YouTube.