Self-driving trucks will likely arrive before cars
29 July 2021
In the past two and a half years, emphasis on developing self-driving cars has shifted, large sums of money have been invested into autonomous trucking startups and it now seems that self-driving trucks, not cars, would be quicker to hit public roads en masse.
One reason put forward is that trucks are only tackling the easy parts of self-driving, focusing on highways, which are generally wide and smooth, with steady traffic flow.
Another reason is that the business case may be more appealing than that for self-driving cars with the new-found importance of logistics amid pandemic online shopping boom and related disruptions, including traffic jams at ports and driver shortages that led to shipping delays.