Fully Autonomous Commercial Vehicles – Smart Solution or Danger Ahead?

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3Q 2018 | IN-5145

 

Autonomous Commercial Vehicles

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Long-haul trucking remains challenged by the ability to hire and retain enough skilled drivers. As e-commerce continues to increase exponentially, drivers are aging out and the driver shortage will grow from 50,000 today, in the United States alone, to more than 174,000 over the next 8 years, according to the American Trucking Associations, with turnover at larger fleets at 88%, despite increasing wages and incentives. Trucking companies, focusing on sufficient profitability, while battling price competition may need to seek new solutions. Numerous companies, including new entrants like Tesla, Nikola, Uber, and TuSimple, along with established Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers, are racing to enable highly to fully automated driving modes for commercial vehicles. Safety and security issues regarding autonomous vehicles have been questioned as Uber suspended autonomous testing of its automotive fleet after a...

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