Action Needed to Assimilate Autonomous Facts - From Road Haulage Trucks to Container Ships

Action Needed to Assimilate Autonomous Facts - From Road Haulage Trucks to Container Ships

UK – WORLDWIDE – A new report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is critical that a drive to autonomy in the transport sector is hindered by the fact that different modes, from aircraft to container ships, and indeed differing types of transport units across the same mode, as with cars and road haulage vehicles, are not currently inclined to share technologies and information. The report ‘Automated Vehicles: Cross-modal Learning in Autonomy’ says a lack of shared best practice is putting the brakes on the huge benefits, including safety and reduced congestion, that could be achieved with increased autonomy across different transport modes.

The report points out that different industries and transport modes need to learn from each other by developing a common approach to software standards, skills development and regulation. Without this transfer of learning, the wider use of autonomy in transport will not be realised and wide-ranging opportunities across road, rail, aerospace and maritime will be missed.

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