Network Design Under Different Autonomous Truck Deployment Scenarios

The integration of autonomous trucks (AT) into the overall truck fleet is expected to impact industry regulations and ease driver-related challenges. It also has the potential to improve road safety and reduce carrier costs. This paper develops and tests modified service network design formulations that account for five levels of truck automation from fully manual to fully autonomous. The experiments show that cost savings with AT deployment result from partial or complete elimination of driver and sleeper team costs, reduction in empty miles traveled and the decrease in the number of trucks required to service the loads. Deployment of ATs is preferred over the long-haul direct trips connecting terminals. AT deployment even when restricted to specific geographic zones has operational benefits and environmental advantages driven by the reduction in costs and decrease in unproductive miles driven.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 28p

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  • Accession Number: 01763954
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-04072
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:16AM