Technology for columns of unmanned trucks

Its development was announced in February of this year by Omnitracs and Peloton and According to the developers, this is an AI that will reduce fuel costs for the first truck by 4.5 percent and by 10 percent for all subsequent ones.

The essence of the technology is that when the column is moving, the driver controls only the first vehicle, the rest of the trucks follow him. He slows down – they slow down. He moves, they move. At the same time, the distance between cars is maintained, on average from 50 to 80 feet.

In addition, AI will be able to evaluate road conditions while driving, and forward this data to other trucks in the convoy. In the long term, it is possible that the technology for convoys of unmanned trucks will replace conventional, live drivers, though these are only plans for now.

Developers are still “tinkering” with software improvements. Now they are “stuck” on the ability to control the streets with heavy traffic.

In any case, this development is a trend and it is possible that in a couple of years, transport companies will start ordering a technical novelty for themselves, not only to save on fuel (the United States spends $ 140 billion on fuel a year), but also in order to equip trucks with special self-navigation systems that will learn from the experience of real drivers.

By the way, Japan is already planning to introduce unmanned trucks by the end of 2021.

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