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What Self-Driving Trucks Could Mean For Your Next Delivery

Can a line of trucks rumble down the highway by themselves? That's the plan.

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This story appears in the October 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Picture this: You're driving down a highway, behind a pack of tractor-trailers. As you pass the truck in the back, you notice that its driver's seat is empty. Next one, same thing. And again. All these trucks are being driven by themselves. Finally, when you reach the lead truck, you're relieved to see a human behind the wheel. Except then you realize that the driver is reclined in his seat, flipping through a magazine.

Daimler Trucks
The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025

This could be the future of long hauling, led by autonomous trucking platoons. It's not just a hypothetical; it's something the world's largest auto companies are developing right now.

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