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Autonomous trucks may not be that far out in the future as we once thought

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Autonomous trucks may not be that far out in the future as we once thought Photo Credit: Otto

Annual reports by the American Trucking Association (ATA) show that the trucking industry loses approximately $49.6 billion every year and this loss can be attributed to congestion. On deeper analysis, it is revealed that 90% of road accidents resulting in a death or injury are due to driver error and a majority of these accidents are caused by trucks. Another issue is a shortage of nearly 50,000 truck drivers, which is only expected to rise with number hitting 900,000 over the next ten years.
All these factors have attracted trucking companies to autonomous trucks. One of the biggest advantages of autonomous vehicles is the potential reduction in the number of accidents due to driver error. Apart from this, self-driving vehicles can reduce congestions, save fuel costs, and even increase the number of miles driven a day.
Despite protest against the deployment of self-driving technology, the trucking industry is buzzing with trucking tech start-ups and investors willing to put in every last dollar in self-driving technology.
With such a massive interest in the technology, self-driving trucks may be out on the highways sooner than initial predictions.
Automobile manufacturers such as Tesla and Cummins have already put their best foot forward and have come up with electric semi-trucks — something that was deemed impossible just a couple of years ago.. Moreover, truck manufacturers like Daimler and Peterbilt are making huge strides in incorporating autonomous technology into 18-wheeler tractor-trailers.

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