In our view, autonomous driving technology has the potential to transform the industry. We believe autonomous trucking is really about two things: safety and efficiency.
We anticipate automated driving will boost both safety and efficiency to levels our industry has never seen before. It’s not a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when” autonomous driving technology will be the dominant force in our industry.
That’s why International Truck embraces this technology, with a pragmatic approach. We are working to develop, test and launch autonomous trucking in a smart and methodical way. To us, that means a product development roadmap that rolls out this technology one automation level at a time, unleashing the technology’s potential to bring tremendous benefits to fleet owners.
It’s About Safety
For many in mainstream society, the prospect of an automated behemoth traveling at high speed on a highway may seem dangerous. But, for those of us that understand the technology and the sophistication of the systems, it’s quite the opposite.
Autonomous technology and artificial intelligence have the potential to take human error entirely out of the equation for a real possibility of crashes becoming a thing of the past. A human driver also has limited visibility, senses and knowledge of what’s down the road. With an autonomous truck equipped with sensors around the entire perimeter of a vehicle, visibility can be unlimited. Video, laser and radar add the ability to sense other vehicles, objects and road conditions in instantaneous and precise ways that no human could ever achieve. The technology behind it is spatial imaging. The truck’s onboard computer instantly processes various sensor data and models the environment in real time, recognizing surrounding objects faster than humanly possible.