Are Driverless Trucks on the Way?

There’s been plenty of buzz about driverless cars recently, but not as much about driverless trucks. However, some think that driverless trucks could actually be the first generation of driverless vehicles, as opposed to passenger vehicles. Furthermore, both types of autonomous vehicles could be closer than we think. According to Overdrive Online, “They could be available to motorists in 10-20 years, according to Rep. Tom Petri (D-Wis.), chairman of the House’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee, which heard testimony Nov. 19 on autonomous vehicles and what Congress should do to prepare.” Petri also stated that the advantages of autonomous vehicles include safety, easing congestion, and more efficient use of infrastructure.


However, the term autonomous may be a little misleading. Fully-automated vehicles that drive passengers to a destination with little or human input are a long way off, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator David Strickland. However, the alleged benefits of these vehicles are definitely spurring significant research and development into the field. While autonomous trucks are estimated to cost a lot more off the bat than conventional trucks, Peter Conway of Booz & Company predicts that usage savings could be around $100,000 annually. However, the truck itself could exceed $200,000, not including the tractor or trailer.


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