Vehicle automation can be a complex topic. One might argue that their minivan has cruise control and is, therefore, autonomous to an extent. At the same time, there are prototype trucks crossing the country with nothing but tech behind the wheel. In other words, the phrase “autonomous vehicle” could refer to many different things.
This is a topic that we’ve covered many times in the past, see: ATA pushing for autonomous adoption; Why self-driving trucks are good for truckers; Uber Freight has launched, what does this mean for truckers? To help differentiate between different types of autonomy, vehicles are typically split into five categories — an organization model that FreightWaves typically refers to.
The following infographic is designed to help people better understand these levels and where they stand in today’s market: