Logistics companies prepare for autonomous trucking

Josh Wickham investigates the potential for driverless technology in logistics

The introduction of autonomous technology into the logistics industry is expected to introduce efficiency and open up a number of lucrative opportunities. In the US alone, research by American Trucking Associations (ATA) found that approximately 3.5 million truck drivers currently move around US$700bn of cargo annually. The implementation of automated systems into these vehicles will be a gradual process. There are many components of a truck which can be computerised, and each will be beneficial in a different way. Lower levels of vehicle autonomy (Level 0 – 2) will complement the driver through assuming some of their workload, improving safety and efficiency as a result.