Driving is inherently dangerous, though millions drive every day without incident, the fact sill remains that traffic incidents resulting in death are on the rise. None face this danger more than those who drive professionally within the logistics industry. Truck drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs within driving as simple incidents never are quite simple and often result in horrific crashes and loss of life. Though as a country, the United States has some of the most well-developed stretches of highways connecting all its states, the roadways still carry a significant amount of risks as many were not designed with trucking in mind.
In the past few years, the buzz surrounding autonomous trucks has been steadily growing as the technology improves and its potential to ease the trucking industry’s driver shortage becomes more apparent. In 2015, Daimler and Freightliner made history when they unveiled their Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the first truck with autonomous driving technology to receive a license to operate on public highways. The Freightliner Inspiration, however, is just the first step in what is expected over the next five years to be a revolution in the marketability of these systems as well as in the recruitment of new drivers.