How could the transition to driverless trucks happen
The International Transport Forum published a new report on driverless trucks on 31 May 2017. The report was written together with the International Road Transport Unions, the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, which contributed data and insights on driverless technology in the road freight sector as well as funds for the research. The report provides a case-specific policy analysis on how a transition to driverless road freight transport could happen.
Today’s technology already makes it possible to operate automated trucks. Reduced reliance on humans to move road freight in the future could offer large cost savings for businesses and consumers. It could also disrupt the careers and lives of millions of professional truck drivers. Based on different scenarios for the large-scale introduction of automated road freight transport, this study makes recommendations to help governments manage potential disruption and ensure a just transition for affected drivers.
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