The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has appointed FedEx corporate vice president for operations Gloria Boyland to its Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT).

Joining 25 other executives on the committee, Ms Boyland will assist the DOT in framing federal policy on the continuing development and deployment of automated transportation in the US.

Ms Boyland brings with her more than 15 years’ experience in the transport sector, having joined FedEx from GE Fleet in 2004 where she served on the fleet management team.

Having served as vice president for service experience and quality for more than a decade, she moved over to her present role – which she will continue to hold while serving on ACAT – in June 2015.

The committee was established by the DOT in October last year, with the department at the time seeking a group of 15 individuals with cross-modal perspectives on intelligence transportation systems, robotics, enhanced freight movements, air traffic control and advanced transportation deployment.

Each committee member will serve for two years, and may only serve for a maximum of two terms. Ms Boyland will be joined by, among others, representatives from The American Trucking Association, Hyperloop One, several US universities, Amazon and Apple.

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcettie will co-chair alongside General Motors’ chief executive Mary Barra.


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