Christopher K. Jones co-authored the article, “Autonomous Trucking and the Death of Driver Negligence?” in the December 2015 issue of For the Defense, a publication of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). The article topic on the current testing of driverless or automonous cars and what it means for the trucking and insurance industries. The article is posted here with copyright permission.
The effect of AV technology on the commercial trucking sector will be profound. If Chauffeur were an ordinary truck driver, instead of a collection of lines of code, it would soon be eligible for membership in the coveted Million Mile Club, which recognizes those drivers who have traveled that distance while remaining accident free. Million mile drivers are honored because they are so rare, but Chauffeur and its descendants will be manufactured and replicated on demand.
Adopting AV features is nothing new for trucking companies. Trucking manufacturers and transportation companies have been experimenting with varying degrees of automated technology for some time, from the motion-sensing Maven headset now worn by some drivers to more familiar accident-avoidance features such as front-crash prevention systems. Daimler recently made a major step forward, however, becoming the first manufacturer to integrate full AV technology into a tractor. In May of 2015, this vehicle was cleared by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to operate on that state’s highways, and road testing is currently underway.
Despite these developments, industry experts agree that for the foreseeable future the term “driverless truck” will be a misnomer. They point to essential tasks that must be performed by a human, including checking and securing of loads in transit and interacting with law enforcement…
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