The transportation industry has seen an influx of autonomous trucks and vehicles. Companies such as Embark, Daimler, TuSimple and Volvo, may now have to fend off a new competitor. The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania based company, Locomation, has just completed trials of their autonomous relay convoy technology with the asset-based carrier Wilson Logistics. Their unique technology platform combines Al-driven autonomy with driver augmentation in what they call the first combination of its type. Before diving into the results of their first trial, the founders of Locomation have put together a short video detailing the essentials of their technology. Please view at: https://youtu.be/RGJEymZ2dww
Electric and autonomous trucks have made huge leaps in technology in the past several years. Having said that, wide scale implementation within the trucking industry is still years away. Automated distribution centers however will be tested very soon. Tech companies have received financing to launch startup businesses within the sector. “Outrider, a technology based company out of Golden, Colorado, has received $53 million to launch its startup and will begin beta testing of automated electric trucks at five yards in the U.S.,” Josh Fisher of FleetOwner reports. Outrider posted a short video to its Twitter page to give the public a glimpse of how the process works, see below:
Long distance truck drivers may soon become a thing of the past. Autonomous prototype trucks are predicted to be operating on select highways by 2020. In an article in FleetOwner Magazine, Steve Viscelli, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania, projects by 2040 that only a few outliers will not be using a predominantly automated fleet.