The latest president, as well as CEO of the US Trucking Associations, thinks that the time when independent vehicles, which include trucks, start moving on the US thoroughfares is sooner than what most people imagine. At an ATA Management seminar in LA on Monday, Chris Spear, who became a member of the ATA in the month of July, stated that independent automobile technology is bona fide and it’s here.

Spear’s experience with a can sans a driver

Spear must know. A lobbyist, he had first-hand, rear seat experience with a vehicle sans a driver in his preceding occupation as the VP for administrative affairs at the Hyundai Motor vehicle Company. In this conference, he stated that the week ahead of coming back to ATA he had been in South Korea and while there he had mounted the rear seat of a car of Hyundai Tucson make. He stated that this car version ran on hydrogen, did not have any emissions, and more remarkably had no need for a driver. He also stated that the independent Tucson took them down the highway, successfully navigating every arriving and crossing traffic and giving way when required. It finally made a u-turn and brought them back safe and sound to the Namyang R&D hub. The car did all this without a hand on its wheel, without a foot on its pedals.

Automated vehicles have started taking to the road

Highly automated vehicle technology pioneered by Hyundai and other automakers is rapidly evolving and moving off the drawing board and onto the streets of cities such as Pittsburgh, where ride-sharing giant Uber launched an autonomous taxi service in September.

Some likely benefits of Independent/Autonomous cars/trucks

Independent/Autonomous cars, as well as trucks, are likely to considerably develop protection and diminish jamming that according to Spear costs trucking firms practically $50 billion annually. However, he states that the objective must be a more competent and protected truck instead of a truck sans a driver.

Tags: Uber, Hyundai Tucson, independent Tucson