Fans of the iconic 1980 comedy flick Airplane! may smirk at the image of a blow-up “autopilot” materializing on the controls of the not-quite-doomed aircraft. Those folks (c’mon, we know you’re out there) may now imagine a similar site behind the wheel of a long-haul 18-wheeler. Think of it at Zucker Bros. meetsB.J. and the Bear. Or something like that.
The concept of self-driving vehicles has been gaining traction during the past few years, and now Navigant Research says a legit self-driving vehicle could hit the market by the end of the decade with “significant” sales possibly arriving by 2025. More notably, Navigant says three-quarters of new-vehicle sales may be of the autonomous variety by 2035. The first transportation sector that could see substantial numbers of autonomous vehicles is long-distance delivery trucks, since those drivers spend long hours behind the wheel on freeways and highways, exactly where autonomous driving can be tremendously beneficial. You will find Navigant Research‘s press release below.
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