How Far Should Fleet Managers Trust Their Robot Drivers?

How Far Should Fleet Managers Trust Their Robot Drivers?

The autonomous driving future is no longer so distant on the horizon; in fact, in many industries, self-driving vehicles have long been knocking on our door. This is likely good news for most people, who will enjoy lower transportation costs and greater accessibility overall — but it is incredibly daunting for anyone with business ties within transportation.

When it comes to the shipping industry, businesses are most often thrill at the idea of transitioning to an autonomous fleet , but few truly understand what that transition would mean. In truth, drivers do more than pilot the vehicle; they also have the knowledge, skill and experience to drive safely in nearly all situations, protecting not just themselves and the vehicle but also the freight in the trailer. As one trucker out of Florida says :

“I could be driving and as a human being I can see the cars coming across in front of me, and I know how to react, whether I brake slowly or brake hard or whatever. The computer just measures that there is a car that came out in front of you, and guess what it does? It slams on the brakes. If I am going downhill, that is 80,000 pounds. If I am going downhill in the rain or the snow, guess what? I am going for a ride.”

For all of human history, traders have been forced to trust that those transporting their goods would do so competently and safely — but now, businesses can choose to outsource the job to robots. Is that a good idea? How Robot Trucks Work Today

First, it’s important to note that robot trucks are in the future, but they won’t be rolling out for commercial or private use within the next year or two. Though self-driving vehicles have […]

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