Autonomous Vehicle Essentials You Need to Know Part Two: Impact on Drivers, Fleets and the Industry

There’s a saying about life that it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. The same can be said of the next decade as the transportation industry navigates its way through the transition toward autonomous technologies.

As it does so, there’s likely to be great upheaval, according to panelists who spoke at Lytx’s annual User Group Conference this year in San Diego. In the first part of this two-part article, we covered the five levels of automation as a primer for discussing how autonomous vehicle technologies could evolve.

In this article, we look at how a panel of experts at the conference see the journey ahead and what it means for drivers, fleet owners and the industry as a whole.

Impact on Drivers

Panelists from left to right: Kary Schaefer, general manager of marketing and strategy for Daimler Trucks North America; Bobby Seppelt, Ph.D., researcher with Touchstone Evalutations and the MIT AgeLab; panel moderator Aaron Huff, senior editor, Commercial Carrier Journal; and, Scott Perry, chief technology and procurement officer of Ryder System, Inc.’s Fleet Management Solutions business

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