A survey discovered that more than 50 percent of small business owners think that fleets would be entirely autonomous in 20 years.
Fremont, CA: The trucking industry is one of the most profitable businesses across the world and helps keep the US economy thrive. It is accountable for transporting 70 percent of goods in the US and recruits millions of workers. While this industry contributes majorly to the US economy, it is undergoing a massive shift in how the trucking industry operates.
Autonomous vehicles are no longer limited to mere theory. They are already becoming popular among people, and self-driving trucks are expected to make their way onto the roads in the years to come. A survey discovered that more than 50 percent of small business owners think that fleets would be entirely autonomous in 20 years.
Since 2015, the trucking industry has been facing a driver shortage. On the other hand, most people think that autonomous vehicles would leave no requirement for drivers anymore. It has been a topic of debate for a long time now.
Self-driving trucks are going to transform the industry with their ability to increase safety and fuel efficiency. They are expected to reduce the number of trucking accidents on the road using their cutting-edge technology. Most accidents happen because of human errors. Though self-driving trucks would still require human supervision, their technology would ensure far more safety and minimal error.
Another significant potential of self-driving trucks would be truck platooning that allows the vehicles to keep their positions in particular lanes with a fixed distance. The first vehicle's behavior, like braking and steering, would be transmitted by vehicle-to-vehicle communication, enabling the vehicles to move in perfect rhythm with each other and join or leave at specified stations in long-distance motorway trips. Also, freight trucks' time limitations would not be needed since the truck would be capable of traveling 24/7 without needing driver rest time.