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The future ofself-drivingtechnologyin trucking

A road map for evolving freight transportation with autonomous trucks

In 2021, self-driving vehicles traveled approximately 4 million miles in California alone, doubling the previous
year’s record.1 The trucking industry is well positioned to reap the benefits of this technology, which will be enjoyed
by truck drivers, carriers, shippers, and road users. The first, and most important, benefit
is better road safety. In 2019, more than 5,000 lives were lost in large truck crashes, including 892 truck occupants.2 About one-third of these accidents occurred on interstates, freeways, and
expressways. Vehicle- and environmentrelated factors accounted for only 13% of these crashes. The remaining 87% were caused by drivers’ performance/ non-performance (21%), decisions(38%), and recognition (28%).3

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