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Autonomous trucks make use of camera and radar sensors to facilitate driverless trucks that operate on highways. They have the potential to revolutionize the trucking industry and make roads safer.
These self-driving trucks will include basic controls like power steering, automatic gear change,auto-brake system, and advanced controls that enhance truck stability by continuously monitoring and assessing the road conditions to avoid the risks of accidents.
Broadly, some of the benefits of using autonomous trucking for businesses are as follows.
Automation in the trucking industry decreases transportation costs for the business by a huge margin. It allows businesses to move more cargo with the same or lesser number of human drivers.
Unlike human drivers, these systems won’t need breaks and would have data from their sensors communicated through wifi or radars, which would warn them of any potential problems well in advance. This will bring a significant drop in traffic congestion as well.
Spendings on fuel are one of the main costs that businesses have to bear in the trucking industry. With automated trucks in place, saving on fuel costs can pass on benefits not only to the manufacturers but also to the consumers. With automation, companies can go for vehicle platooning. Vehicle platooning refers to the linking of two or more vehicles with the help of automated driver support systems.
They maintain a fixed, proximate distance between each other on the journey. It is done to reduce the wind resistance and therefore makes the trucks fuel-efficient. Thus, these self-driving trucks will help not only in fuel economy but also in reducing emissions that serve the greater good of the environment.
Another benefit of these automatic systems in place will be resolving the driver shortage problems faced by most businesses. But human drivers will still be needed in situations ranging from non-highway routes to extreme weather conditions like snow. Hence, automated trucks cannot eliminate the need for drivers but will result in a lot of betterment for them by reducing the monotony and boredom in their work.
The automated trucks will reduce the number of accidents that occur on the road.
Accidents are more or less mainly caused by errors and negligence made by human drivers. Hence, autonomous trucking will eliminate the risk of mishappenings because these technological systems don’t get distracted and exhausted and would potentially help in saving a lot of lives.