OEMs, fleets and regulatory bodies are gearing up for an automation-filled future.
Widespread adoption of fully driverless trucks may still be years down the road. But the process will be gradual, and fleets can act now to keep pace, said Mike Roeth, executive director for the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.
"Work with the OEMs early rather than down the road. Learn what the automation journey looks like," Roeth said in October. "It’s gradually brought into the fleet by adding more sensors and more computers, which has already been going on for 30 years."
Truck platooning is one capability that has caught fleets' attention. It promises to cut fuel costs, and Daimler, Volvo, Navistar, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Paccar and Mack are working to integrate the technology on their trucks.
Check out the stories below to read how autonomous technology is developing and what fleets can do to stay ahead of the curve.