Australia relies heavily on road transport due to population density and it forms an essential element of the Australian economy.
There are 599,990 trucks registered in Australia. The average age of Australian trucks is 13.92 years, which is by far older than other comparable developed nations.
Nevertheless connected vehicle and autonomous / driver-less vehicle technologies will change the face of road transport for passengers and freight irreversibly over the next two decades.*
Volvo already uses completely ‘autonomous driving trucks’ in the Kristineberg Mine as a research project. The truck will cover a distance of 7 kilometres, reaching 1,320 metres underground in the narrow mine tunnels.
Mercedes is testing this self-driving truck – amazing to watch:
And this design student has dreamt up his vision of what trucks might look like in the future. Truly fascinating!