Tough truck environment means autonomy reliant on tougher computers

Self-driving trucking will require immense computing power, but the trucking environment is a world away from the data centre. By Xavier Boucherat

The industry has great expectations of tomorrow’s trucks: smart routing and logistics, internal and external monitoring and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are just some of the requirements that could become standardised. Long-term, autonomous technology could hand over the driving task to the vehicle itself: the use-case has long been thought favourable, with predictable highway routes offering reduced complexity compared with built up urban environments. Figures from Allied Market Research suggest that by 2025, the self-driving truck market could be worth US$1.67bn, as developers look to reduce accidents, relieve congestion, lessen environmental impacts and improve supply chain efficiency….

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