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The trucking industry stands tall with a mammoth value of $ 700 billion. This industry is gigantic and accounts for almost all the major shipments via roadways throughout the globe. Evolution of the trucking industry is always a hot topic for debates as this would require enormous implementations in the system of transport. The industry is responsible for generating large number of employment opportunities, starting from drivers to freight brokerage entities. The advances in technology have made their way into this industry in the form of autonomous driving. Top-tier companies, like Uber and Tesla, are coming up with ideas to manufacture self-driving trucks and drive more efficiency into the supply chain. The transformation of this sector to an automated one is a sure thing; the only question is ‘when and how?’
The companies responsible for developments in the field of automated driving generally fall under two categories. Self-driving start-ups are trying to fetch results in assisting human drivers on roads; then there are companies who are quite focused on replacing drivers with robotics and computers. According to some people, the technologies to be installed in self-driving trucks would be far more complex owing to their size.
Experts, today, are expecting electric vehicles to take over the conventional gas-powered trucks. These changed implications in the roadways will save costs. However, significant investments are required to be made in infrastructure and fool-proof technology before launching these automated trucks. The future of transportation has a tendency to integrate automation and real human beings and engineer an efficient and safer trucking industry.