It looks like the age of driverless trucks is about to set in, especially if companies find that they are more efficient and offer better savings. And where else to find such a technology other than Japan, which has reportedly tested their driverless trucks and have proven that they can save up to 15% on fuel consumption.
Japan’s NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) have revealed the results from their recent on-road tests using four driverless trucks. One of the trucks had a person driving the lead truck.
The report showed that the formation, traveling at a speed of 80KPH rendered a 15% savings on fuel consumption while remaining efficient as far as point of delivery is concerned.
The company plans to have its first automated driving systems ready for the streets of Japan by 2020, although there are still significant legal and psychological barriers against the practical use of the driverless vehicle technology.