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Trucking & Transportation

A Level 4 autonomous trucking industry consists of vehicles transporting all goods to and from distribution centers with minimal human intervention.

OBSERVATIONS

  • Trucks moved 9.4 billion tons of freight (68.5% of all domestic tonnage) in 2012 Source
  • $642 billion in industry revenues in 2012 Source
  • 878,000 active  professional truck drivers in the United States. Source
  • 5.6 million registered semi trailers (or tractor trailers) in the U.S.  Source
  • Approximately 125,000 collisions involving trucks occur in the United States every year, resulting in 60,000 injuries and 5,000 fatalitiesSource
  • According to the American Truck Stop Directory, there are 2,542 truck stops in the United States Source

Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

  • 586,000 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • 32,000 light truck or delivery services drivers
  • 17,000 industrial truck and trailer operators source
  • 312,000 supporting roles Source

Couriers and Express Delivery Services

  • 147,000 light truck or delivery services drivers
  • 26,000 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • 337,000 supporting roles Source

Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 

  • 64,000 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • 31,000 light truck or delivery services drivers
  • 24,000 industrial truck and trailer operators Source

Extraction Industries

  • 16,000 truck, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in mining (except oil and gas) Source

FUTURE IMPACT

  • Level 3: A human occupant is required in the cabin while the computer has control of most driving functions. Significant reduction in crashes and moving violations.
Peloton is an automated vehicle technology company that utilizes vehicle-to-vehicle communications and radar-based active braking systems, combined with sophisticated vehicle control algorithms, to link pairs of heavy trucks.
Peloton is an automated vehicle technology company that utilizes vehicle-to-vehicle communications and radar-based active braking systems, combined with sophisticated vehicle control algorithms, to link pairs of heavy trucks.
  • Level 4: Cabins eliminated to streamline truck design and maximize load capacity. No human passengers.
  • Trucks transport goods 24 hours a day with downtime only for fuel, loading/unloading and maintenance. Number of trucks needed declines to to maximization of the fleet’s capacity.
  • Battery-electric trucks could travel indefinitely, powered by inductive charging imbedded in the highway or stopping at supercharger-compliant fast charging stations.

  • Fleets of autonomous package delivery vehicles transport goods from distribution centers directly to business and homes.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) drones and quad-copters supplant human couriers to transport goods.
  • Majority of the 1 million truck driving jobs in jeopardy

 SUPPORTING MATERIALS