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Survey says autonomous trucks just a decade away

Nearly half of Australian fleets will have autonomous trucks running in the next 10 years, according to a new survey by telematics provider, Teletrac Navman.

According to Teletrac Navman, the research found larger fleets are more likely to become earlier adopters of the technology, with half of larger fleets stating that autonomous vehicles will play a vital role in the industry within the next decade.

Respondents perceived cost reduction to be the top benefit of autonomous vehicle use, as stated by 40 per cent of fleet managers and transport operators. This is followed by safety (39 per cent) and efficiency (29 per cent). While all benefits won’t be realised until the technology comes fully into play, 58 per cent of fleet managers see autonomous vehicle technology can benefit their business. In addition, fleets running interstate routes also identified the potential to see the biggest reduction in costs benefits offered by autonomous trucks.

“Autonomous vehicle technology is evolving at a rapid pace, with expected timeframes for adoption in Australia continuing to shift,” said Andrew Rossington, Vice President Transtech – a division of Teletrac Navman.

“As the technology becomes more commonplace, it will significantly impact costs, safety and operational efficiency across the road freight transport sector.”

“While self-driving trucks have been on the radar for a long time, transport operators will need to understand how it could impact their business. Driver safety and operational efficiency remain key concerns for all businesses. Autonomous vehicles may be a few years away, yet we will continue to see the implementation and incremental use of the technology, which will significantly help tackle these challenges.”

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