Autonomous trucks may seem to be a long-distant technology of the future. However, self-driving trucks are becoming more reality than science fiction. Part by part, the technology that will make autonomous trucks possible is being tested on the roadways. The methods that they have been using will lead to fully-functioning autonomous trucks far sooner than many had anticipated. However, there are still many rigorous tests that must be done and policies that must be implemented in order to make autonomous vehicles truly safe.
Technology of Autonomous Trucks
Several autonomous parts are already being sold on spec by truck manufacturers and suppliers. These parts include lane-change warning systems, forward-looking radar and cameras, automated transmission, and automated braking systems.
Another exciting technological development that is leading to such quick progression is car-to-car communication. For a multitude of reasons, automobiles, self-driving or otherwise, are becoming an increasingly interconnected network with one another.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is on board with the development of autonomous driving technology. The agency recently proposed a requirement for light-duty vehicles to be equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems by 2023. The Department of Transportation is also interested in the technology. The Department determined a 10-year, $4 billion plan to accelerate the research and application of autonomous driving technologies.
Impact of Autonomous Trucks
The primary objective of advancing autonomous driving is to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with serious truck accidents caused by driver error. While some may raise concerns that autonomous trucks would cut into job availability, arguments have been indicating otherwise. The autonomous technologies that are currently on the table are not adequate for fully driverless driving. Instead, a human operator must be present, with systems taking on many of the more stressful aspects of driving a truck automatically. In fact, some propose that the advent of autonomous truck technology would help increase jobs in trucking services, due to the lower learning curve involved in driving an autonomous truck rather than a standard one.
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