Self-driving autonomous vehicles may soon be commonplace on highways everywhere, and not everyone knows what to make of that. Some people say it will make transportation safer and more efficient, while others believe that it’s better to leave cars and trucks to human drivers. There’s also the question of what autonomous vehicles mean for the fleet industry. While there are some valid concerns such as whether or not an automated fleet will lead to fewer jobs, there are still some clear advantages to self-driving rigs as part of your fleet. Here are just some that you might not have considered.

Autonomous Vehicles May Be Safer

As much as 94 percent of traffic accidents can be chalked up to human error, so naturally taking the human element out of driving could make your fleet safer. Nobody would have to worry about slower human reaction times, distracted drivers, or any of the other driver-related factors that result in severe traffic accidents. In fact, it’s been estimated that autonomous fleet vehicles could reduce the truck accident rate to eight crashes per 100 million miles by 2040.

Increased Efficiency

Fewer accidents on the road thanks to autonomous vehicles will lead to less highway congestion. This means that everyone – including fleet vehicles – will reach their destinations that much sooner. Autonomous fleet vehicles can also be programmed to accelerate, brake, and travel all at the same speeds. This is called platooning, and it would eliminate the “accordion effect” caused by vehicles all speeding up and slowing down at different times on the road. Autonomous vehicles are also capable of receiving reports on road and traffic conditions in real time, allowing them to adjust their routes on the fly and make deliveries that much faster.

Fuel Efficiency

We all know that one of the biggest reasons why vehicles burn so much gas is because they are constantly accelerating and slowing down. You can see this when you have to drive in heavy traffic and find that your vehicle suddenly isn’t as fuel-efficient as it is on an open road. On the other hand, autonomous vehicles moving at a steady rate in a platoon while adjusting their routes as needed will use far less fuel than most trucks now. Vehicles may also become 25 percent lighter by 2030, which could cut fuel consumption by as much as seven percent.

Increased Productivity

As much as drivers might be afraid of losing their jobs to autonomous vehicles, they will still have plenty of work to do. In fact, they will have far more time for paperwork and other duties while they’re not paying attention to the road at all times.
For more information about how autonomous vehicles could help your fleet or if you need any other management solutions, contact Latium Fleet Management today.