Autonomous trucking is coming faster than expected – perhaps within five years, according to panelists at the Transportation Research Board’s 96th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
A survey from logistics information company EFT shows companies are investing in innovation centers, autonomous vehicles and mechanized manufacturing.
Self-driving trucks face myriad technical and regulatory hurdles before they will become common on highways, said Volvo Truck tech expert Torbjörn Holmström.
A study prepared by the American Transportation Research Institute identifies key concerns as interest in autonomous vehicles intensifies.
In the first commercial use of a self-driving truck, Otto, the autonomous truck company acquired by Uber, hauled Budweiser beer across the U.S.
Tesla Motors plans to start shipping cars with full self-driving capability in the coming weeks in anticipation that regulators will eventually allow the vehicles to operate without any human intervention.
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued its policy for autonomous cars and trucks Tuesday, giving vehicle manufacturers wide latitude to develop technology the government believes will enhance safety by replacing human drivers with computers.
A new report states that autonomous and self-driving technology for long-haul trucks will trigger an economic boom that will transform the industry.
Truck platooning technology enables two tractor-trailers or more to connect together. Some industry analysts say it will improve road safety and fuel savings, but doubts persist.
Ford Motor Co. wants to leverage its large investment in autonomous vehicles by exploring how driverless technology can be used by delivery services.