Trucking Is Leading The Race To Commercialize AV Technology

Autonomous trucking has emerged as the new shining star in the race to commercialize self-driving technology. At least two factors have driven this shift. First is the ability to simplify the self-driving task. Using a transfer hub model, human drivers control the most complicated on-street and cargo handling duties, handing off to an autonomous system for the more straightforward highway portion. Second is the business case for the technology where per-mile cost savings of 30% are potentially realizable. COVID-19, with growing demand for home delivery and the general strain it has placed on supply chains, has strengthened the appeal of AV trucking.