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Transportation Trends: Autonomous Yard Spotters or Autonomous Over-the-road Trucks?

Rafael Granato
by Rafael Granato on Sep 26, 2019 10:05:15 AM

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In a recent guest article to logisticsviewpoints.com, PINC’s CEO, Matt Yearling, brings up a very thought-provoking argument about where we will first see autonomy in the trucking industry. We see more and more experimentation with self-driving vehicles and related technologies across all transportation-reliant industries.

According to his article, those vehicles won’t be limited to passenger automobiles. Also making their way into the autonomous realm are trucks, buses, and yard and shuttle trucks. Also, Matt emphasizes that the autonomous vehicles which operate in controlled environments, such as ports, manufacturing plants, and distribution center yards will be the first to go mainstream.

According to Matt, ports and trailer yards represent the best short-term opportunities for autonomous vehicles to be operational and evolve. That’s because these are controlled and safer commercial environments with processes in place and lots of technologies available to empower these autonomous yard trucks to operate to their full capacity.

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