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Mercedes-Benz Highway Pilot could enable drivers to work or rest when the vehicle is being driven autonomously.
Mercedes-Benz Highway Pilot could enable drivers to work or rest when the vehicle is being driven autonomously. "Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 demonstrates autonomous technology," SAE Off-Highway Engineering Online, August 1, 2014
Solving for Autonomous Commercial Vehicles

At the 2015 Unmanned Systems Conference this past May, a panel of industry experts provided insight into autonomous technologies from a commercial vehicle perspective, focusing on four critical areas:

•   Safety/liability

•   Efficiency and productivity

•   Compliance

•   Operator/drivers/aging workforce

While the ground defense, farming, construction, and mining industries are further ahead than the commercial vehicle on-road community (they’ve had fully autonomous vehicles and equipment deployed for upwards of 20 years), there is a compelling business case to make fully autonomous vehicles in the on-road commercial vehicle space a reality within the next five years.

With challenges such as the need for increased food production for a growing population, improved transportation and freight delivery systems (especially for an already congested urban area) and an aging population that might not be able to handle the rigors of operating heavy vehicles and equipment, autonomous technologies offer realistic, sustainable solutions to these problems that need solved.

Here you can watch the full presentation entitled: The Future of Automated Commercial Vehicles. What’s Next?* Noted below are the chapter times for easy navigation to individual panelists.

•   Myra Blanco (11:20), Director, Center for Automated Vehicle Systems, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

•   Michael Fleming (28:25), Chief Executive Officer, TORC Robotics

•   Serge Lambermont (43:30), Technical Director, Automated Driving, Delphi

•   Robert Gee (1:04), Head of Product Management, Software and Connected Solutions, Continental

*Video courtesy of AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International)