Trucks May Soon Be Getting New Systems That Help Do the Driving
Truck makers Daimler AG, Volvo AB, Navistar International Corp. and Paccar Inc. are rolling out new automated systems that will help ease some of the more tedious aspects of piloting big rigs while helping to reduce accidents and save fuel.
With this new technology, vehicles increasingly can shift on their own, brake when approaching a slower-moving vehicle, sound an alert when drivers stray onto another lane, and show a video of blind spots. Eventually this technology could lead to trucks that can drive themselves entirely, although testing can take more than a decade to convince trucking executives and regulators that automated vehicles can operate reliably and safely.
Similar technology is already being used in other industries including mining vehicles and military forklifts that are currently being operated without drivers.
Currently there are several active auto-piloted prototypes testing one of the core technologies; the truck’s collision-mitigation system whose cameras and radar beams scan the roadway. When they detect another vehicle, an onboard computer adjusts the throttle or applies the brakes to maintain safety.
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Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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