In recent years, technology has become a very important part of our lives, as well as within the logistics industry. In the case of transport, a self-driving truck is possible, but in specific places and under the supervision of a driver.
There are some functions where technology cannot replace the driver. However, self-driving trucks can reduce times in longer routes where drivers need to get some rest, saving time and achieving more profitability for transport companies. In international trips, self-driving trucks will have a bigger impact, reducing times and costs. But there are two essential functions on route that, for the time being, will still have to be performed by the driver:
Moving to the loading and unloading point in motorways and industrial parks. Self-driving trucks may circulate in motorways without any problem, but driving in industrial parks could be a problem, since there is poor signalling and difficult access. There, the help of a driver is needed to manoeuvre the truck owing to its dimensions.
Other cases are logistic platforms that you have to access at a specific time and where, in the meantime, the truck needs to wait in an appropriate place. This will depend on the driver’s experience.
Loading and unloading goods. Although loading and unloading of goods shall be carried out by machines, sometimes it is the driver him/herself who will be responsible for this.
When it comes to checking the goods, signing the relevant documents, in the event the road is closed for different reasons, bad weather, traffic or the condition of the vehicle, human action is irreplaceable.