As the self-driving vehicle space matures, industry experts are calling attention to technology challenges that aren’t quite as sexy as AV software but are just as important in getting the car or truck on the road to commercialization. “A lot of attention is paid to software and truck companies like ours working out of Silicon Valley,” Ike Robotics CEO Alden Woodrow told FreightWaves. “But what’s interesting is there is a lot of work to be done on Tier One and OEMs to develop the underlying platforms that allow the truck to drive itself. Richard Bishop, a consultant on smart and autonomous vehicles, echoed that sentient, and took it one step further. “It’s going a level deeper,” he said. “It’s about how do these technology packages interact with the various kinds of operations in the trucking industry. There’s a huge variety – it’s really about what segments of the trucking industry you’re targeting.”
Did you know?
U.S. trucking companies enrolled in the voluntary emissions tracking SmartWay program have saved $33.4 billion on fuel costs, contributing to lower prices while helping American truckers.
— U.S. EPA
“With the help of Navis and PSA Singapore, we were able to accomplish a tremendous feat – not only planning, but successfully executing a vessel call with more than 19,100 containers on board.”
— Captain Kunihiko Nishimura, General Manager Global Vessel Operations, ONE, on breaking the last reported world record for the largest amount of cargo ever stowed (Maritime Executive)
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