Automated driving for commercial vehicles will offer many tangible benefits for fleet owners and operators. Benefits include a reduction in the number of accidents, a more efficient driving style that saves fuel, and the potential to improve driver recruitment. Automated systems do not get distracted or need extended rest periods, allowing fleet owners and operators to achieve higher levels of vehicle utilization, particularly in long haul applications. The more highly optimized and consistent operation enabled by automation, along with practices such as platooning, can lead to significant reductions in fuel consumption and operating costs.
The development of automated driving systems has focused on the light-duty vehicle market, but much of the technology can also be used on commercial vehicles. Investments in producing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for consumer vehicles are also expected to benefit trucks and buses. Commercial fleets are beginning to look in detail at the potential for collision avoidance to save money, and features such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking are being considered for standard fitment by some OEMs. Platooning, in particular, is something that offers an immediate ROI and is more applicable to fleets than consumers.
Navigant Research's latest report provides an overview of the global market for automated driving technology for commercial vehicles. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including definitions, pros and cons, legislation, and sector-level adoption related to automated driving. Global market projections for the two main classes of automated driving function, segmented by region, extend through 2030. The report also examines the key foundation technologies related to commercial vehicle driving automation and summarizes recent activity from key players.
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