Executive Briefings

How Long Before We See Driverless Truck Fleets?

Each year, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spends hundreds of millions of dollars delivering its merchandise across the United States. The 6,000 trucks in the retailer's fleet are a common sight on highways, as are those of the many other companies that rely on long-haul trucking to transport their goods from coast to coast. But what if that fleet could be cut by one-third"”and be made up of trucks pulled by slimmed-down tractors less than half their current size, with a computer at the helm?

It may be hard to imagine: trucks guided by GPS, radar, sensors, and software, hauling much of the nation's cargo. Yet autonomous vehicle technology has made headlines for years, and experimental autonomous cars are already on the roads today. Google's driverless cars have logged more than 300,000 miles on California and Nevada highways since 2011. That same year, Chinese carmaker FAW unveiled its own autonomous car, which it demonstrated on public roads. Toyota and Audi exhibited their versions of the technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2013.

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Keywords: transportation management, TMS, driverless trucking, truck fleets, delivery trucks, GPS-guided trucking

It may be hard to imagine: trucks guided by GPS, radar, sensors, and software, hauling much of the nation's cargo. Yet autonomous vehicle technology has made headlines for years, and experimental autonomous cars are already on the roads today. Google's driverless cars have logged more than 300,000 miles on California and Nevada highways since 2011. That same year, Chinese carmaker FAW unveiled its own autonomous car, which it demonstrated on public roads. Toyota and Audi exhibited their versions of the technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2013.

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Keywords: transportation management, TMS, driverless trucking, truck fleets, delivery trucks, GPS-guided trucking