Driverless trucks are to be introduced to the UK’s motorways within 2 years as part of a new trial the government has announced.
The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) has been awarded a contract to test up to three trucks that will travel in formation with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. For the testing a driver will be in the cab of each vehicle to control the steering and to be ready to take full control in the event of a problem.
The technology will enable the vehicles to move in a group closely together with the lead vehicle pushing air out of the way, making the other vehicles more efficient and therefore using less fuel.
The TRL will initially begin their trials on test tracks, but these are expected to move to the UK’S major roads by the end of 2018.
What are your thoughts on driverless trucks? Could this be future for the Haulage industry? What does that mean for the future of the thousands of UK HGV drivers?
We couldn’t imagine an industry without our wonderful drivers and we are certain they will still be a vital part of our business for many years to come, but it just goes to show we never know what the future could hold.