The Long Road to Automated Trucking: Insights from Driver Focus Groups

30 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2021

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Anirudh Kishore Bhoopalam

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam School of Management

Roy van den Berg

Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam School of Management

Niels Agatz

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Caspar Chorus

Delft University of Technology - Department of Transport and Logistics

Date Written: February 4, 2021

Abstract

With the rapid progress of automated driving technology, self-driving vehicles are on the horizon. In this study, we look at what is likely to be the first implementation of a form of automated driving on public roads, i.e., truck platooning, where virtually connected trucks drive at short headways to save fuel and associated emissions. With progressing technology, we may see platoons with drivers resting while being in the truck or even platoons in which not all trucks require drivers. Hence, platooning technology has a significant impact on the jobs of truck drivers. Driver acceptance of this emerging technology is therefore an important factor in the implementation of platooning and, consequently, automated driving in general. In this study, we explore the range of perspectives that exist among drivers by conducting focus groups in the Netherlands. These discussions indicate that drivers foresee that platooning will eventually become a reality but believe it will have a negative impact on the quality of their work and their job satisfaction.

Keywords: automated trucking, driver focus groups, self-driving vehicles, truck platooning

Suggested Citation

Kishore Bhoopalam, Anirudh and van den Berg, Roy and Agatz, Niels A.H. and Chorus, Caspar, The Long Road to Automated Trucking: Insights from Driver Focus Groups (February 4, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3779469 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3779469

Anirudh Kishore Bhoopalam (Contact Author)

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam School of Management ( email )

Roy Van den Berg

Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam School of Management ( email )

Niels A.H. Agatz

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
Room T08-21
3000 DR Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands

Caspar Chorus

Delft University of Technology - Department of Transport and Logistics ( email )

Jaffalaan 5
NL-2628BX
Delft
Netherlands

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