The Electric Semi Is Here, and Autonomous Big Rigs Are Next

“Trucks are not just large cars,” says Raj Rajkumar an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He says trucks have more blind spots, are harder to control and bring to a stop, and are more vulnerable in bad weather. “There are a lot more variables to consider, so [the systems] need to be customized.”  But trucking companies say driver-assist tech will change shipping dramatically in the next few years (not decades like the car), even if a human remains behind the wheel.