The race to implement autonomous truck technology is being played out on a global stage. Certain localities make testing and development easier as legislation struggles to match the pace of innovation, but frameworks will fall into place if the technology is viable and robust. Fully autonomous trucks may still be some years away but platooning is a valuable step towards that goal, and comes with very real benefits in the short term.
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Aside from technology, one of the largest inhibitors to autonomous vehicles is the requirement for a new legal (and insurance) framework. Today, autonomous driving is prohibited by law. Key questions to be addressed by a revised legal framework are liability (OEMs, suppliers, drivers), ethical concerns, and criteria that can be used to determine if the vehicle meets required safety standards.
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Open any newspaper, read any online automotive post and you’ll soon come across a reference to self-driving cars - Waymo, Lyft, Uber and Tesla have all had their share of the automated car spotlight: But what about trucks? Is there anything going on in the commercial vehicle environment?
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Johan Engstrom, Group Leader at Virginia Tech Center for Truck and Bus Safety in the USA gave us the opportunity to speak to him about technical developments in self-driving commercial vehicles and platooning technology.
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- Major technical issues in creating multi-brand platoons
- How to accommodate trucks with different engine and brake capacities
- Software challenges for developing increasing levels of automation
- Infrastructure advancements within the future
- Challenges and benefits in the area of C-ITS for platooning and automated driving systems