Self-driving trucks

By | July 8, 2014
Instead of just self-driving cars, why not self-driving trucks? Daimler is currently testing their self-driving vehicles, and this opens the door to a considerable distribution and logistic improvement.

The impact of self-driving trucks could be considerable in several respects:
1) faster delivery chains, with online purchases, and other goods delivery chains to be on the road 24/7 instead of with pauses and shifts
2) solving the problem of hiring drivers for this rather boring and poorly paid task
3) reducing truck accidents – which are not too unfrequent, as anyone who commutes regularly on the freeway knows!

Daimler's program, called 'highway pilot', hopes to bring their self-driving trucks to market in 2025. Their biggest hurdle, however, is not technology, but rather bureaucracy: how much effort will it take to get conservative governments to accept driverless trucks, and who takes the blame when something in the complex logistics chain goes wrong?

Official press release:

Stuttgart/Magdeburg: Daimler präsentiert selbstfahrende Lkw – Nachrichten :: Baden-Württemberg
Lkw rollen über die Autobahn und am Lenkrad kein Fahrer – dieser Vision ist der Automobilkonzern Daimler einen Schritt näher gekommen: mit einem Prototypen, den der Autobauer am Donnerstag in der Nähe von Magdeburg vorgestellt hat – ein Lkw mit Autopilot.

3 thoughts on “Self-driving trucks

  1. Bradley St.Bonnett

    Semi-autonomous .. 24/7 control centers for monitoring and interdiction .. one in-vehicle operator per 5 truck convoy for maintenance/emergency tasks and human interface.

  2. Ninja On Rye

    And with trucks doing long hauls and having to currently force drivers to take regular breaks (whilst also wanting deliveries performed as quickly as possible) there's a big opportunity there.

  3. Jacques J.J. Soudan

    Accidents do happen all the time now. And, trucks causing 'roadblocks' when taking over, cars piling up for miles.
    Logistically it would be much smarter to drive those trucks at night – but that is extra-taxing on drivers (and more expensive)…
    So yes, get the human factor out and we can reduce costs and congestion considerably.


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