A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for automated driving technology for commercial vehicles, providing an analysis of related market issues and key technologies, as well as projections for the two main classes of automated driving function.


To date, the development of automated driving systems has focused on the light-duty vehicle market, but much of the technology can also provide benefits to commercial vehicles. Automated systems can reduce the number of accidents and use a more fuel-efficient style of driving. Additionally, because they do not get distracted or need extended rest periods, operators can achieve higher levels of vehicle utilization, particularly in long-haul applications.


“The pursuit of a fully automated driving car has spurred investment in advanced sensors and computing hardware and software,” says David Alexander, Senior Analyst with Navigant Research. “Lower cost and higher power are the keys to commercial success, and the technology is quickly approaching the threshold where it will be practical to bring advanced features to the mass market. These systems are being rapidly adapted to the commercial vehicle market.”


According to the report, these benefits could be the incentive for commercial fleets to implement driver assistance in the short term. Adoption of fully automated vehicles will happen longer term, beginning in the next decade. Goods vehicles and buses can benefit in the short term from collision avoidance and lower fuel consumption, while automated driving systems have the potential to change significantly the nature of truck driving jobs.


The report, Automated Driving for Commercial Vehicles, provides an overview of the global market for automated driving technology for commercial vehicles. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including definitions, pros and cons, legislation and sector-level adoption, related to automated driving. Global market projections for the two main classes of automated driving function, segmented by region, extend through 2030. The report also examines the key foundation technologies related to commercial vehicle driving automation and summarizes recent activity from key players. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.