Driverless trucks could feature on our roads within 10 years, the chief executive officer of the Nordic region’s biggest road transport company has predicted.
Jens Bjoern Andersen, DSV A/S, is looking into the opportunities that self-driving trucks will create for the world’s fourth-largest freight forwarder.
“All we need is the regulatory steps and perhaps a fine-tuning of the technology,” Andersen said in a phone interview. “Sometimes, when I drive home from work, I go most of the way almost without touching the brake or the gas and I only need to hold my hands on the steering wheel because the law says I must. But the technology is already there.”
The first step will probably allow driverless trucks on highways, possibly in a lane reserved for other self-driving vehicles, the CEO said. It will probably take a lot longer before the technology is used in cities, he said.
“Fully self-driving trucks that also handle the distribution stage in big cities like Paris, London or Copenhagen, are many years away,” he said. “On the last stage of the distribution, you need to bring goods in and out of the truck all the time, you have the city traffic, the cyclists and all that, so you really need a human there.”
DSV has more than 20,000 trucks on the road around the world every day.