Hurdles loom on road to autonomous trucks

Date: April 6, 2018 By: Roland Berger
  • Automotive products (Level 4+)
  • Autonomous vehicle - Computing power
  • Autonomous vehicle preference
  • CO2 legislation
  • Customer interest
  • Industry Activity
  • Infrastructure
  • Mobile network - 5G coverage
  • Mobility behaviour
  • Mobility concept preferences
  • Regulation
  • Restrictions for ICEs
  • Type approval process
  • Vehicle-2-vehicle communication
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Europe
  • Global
  • North America

Autonomous trucks are the answer to major challenges the modern trucking industry is facing: hours-of-service extension of trucks, driver productivity, driver shortages, safety and fuel cost. However, as the technology powering autonomous trucks is still relatively expensive, an immediate cost benefit is not to be expected from fuel savings resulting out of platooning in Level 1 – Level 3 autonomous applications. As a consequence, market penetration of autonomous trucks is unlikely to be driven higher by OEMs or fleet operators alone. Instead, it will require action by governments concerned with increasing road safety.

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