After the great efforts in the development of autonomous cars, a trend towards autonomous trucks seems to be emerging. Companies such as AutoX, Waymo or Aurora started their efforts to develop technologies for self-driving passenger vehicles, but now Aurora has also announced to start the first test drives with trucks. These tests are to start in Texas and will be the first commercial offer of the start-up, even before Robotaxis.
Autonomous trucks are emerging for technology companies as the first low-hanging fruit which can be the first revenue source. In the US, a truck travels well over 90 percent of the way on highways and often only a few miles from the starting point to the highway and from the highway to the final destination. Driving on the highway is comparatively easy to automate compared to densely populated areas with a lot of traffic and road users.
Here is the truck that Aurora is now going to use.
This article was also published in German.