Autonomous Trucks Need More than Self-Driving Tech to Become Reality
A panel discussion at the McLeod Software 2018 Users Conference explored autonomous vehicles, explaining that the Smart Truck as a Client is an important part of making self-driving trucks a reality in real-world logistics operations.
How does a self-driving truck get dispatched? What happens when it breaks down? If a receiver keeps it sitting waiting to unload? When it encounters a four-way stop or a policeman directing traffic? These questions and more were explored during a panel discussion to explore the topic of smart trucks and autonomous vehicles during McLeod Software's 2018 User Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, Oct. 2.
Much has been made of how smart trucks are becoming. Today’s tractor-trailer is a computer – or in reality, many computers, fed by many more sensors and connected via telematics – rolling down the highway on 18 wheels. But as we progress toward increasing levels of vehicle autonomy, what’s the protocol for all that data interacting with real-world dispatch, routing, and back office software?
That’s the premise behind McLeod Software’s Smart Truck as a Client, or STAAC, initiative. It is building on the notion that a smart truck is simply another computer, or client, on the integrated information and data network of the supply chain.