Not long ago, the concept of the automated vehicle (AV) was science fiction. But the dream of a driverless car is quickly becoming a reality. While still in development, these vehicles could hit the road soon.
Take the trucking industry for example, where the addition of AV could usher in significant economic efficiencies and automate jobs. Today, drivers are restricted to 11 hours a day behind the wheel. Driverless trucks could drive for nearly 24 hours a day—but that’s not all. Companies could also use AV technology to improve fuel efficiency. Known as truck platooning, groups of two or more driverless trucks would be virtually linked through wireless communications, allowing them to operate at highway speeds with headways of around 50 feet.
It’s certainly an exciting time, but as technology like truck platooning rapidly automates, governments face a big challenge: Keep up with technology developments with appropriate policies, laws, and regulations necessary to ensure safety.
Clearly, things are moving quickly. Where did AV boom come from? How can you be better prepared? And where does Booz Allen come in?