Are Self-Driving Trucks A Viable Option In Australia?
For almost a decade now, robotic trucks have been hauling dirt and iron ore from mines and traveling through the Australian outback. However, due to their simple automation system, they are not allowed to traverse the highways and public roads because of a possible cause for accidents. But now it’s official. Self-driving vehicles are here.
While road testing is still happening, driverless trucks are seen as a promising innovation for the Australia’s transportation and trucking system. In this post, we explore whether self-driving trucks are a viable option for the trucking industry.
Truck driving is known in Australia as one of the most dangerous professions, with a mortality rate 15 times greater than other industries. As the government is expecting the freight industry to continue to grow until 2030, one of the major issues is that there aren’t enough drivers to do the jobs.
Based on an Australian report, a lot of large car and truck manufacturers all over the world want to participate in the global market for producing self-driving trucks. These include Volkswagen, Scania, Mack Trucks, Man Trucks, Paccar Trucks, Tata Group, and Dongfeng Motor. Other truck companies like Otto and Gottlieb Daimler already want to produce their driverless trucks and make them available on the market in the next few years.