By 2020, American auto transport will likely have driverless trucks, according to a report.
The company is developing autonomous systems for the delivery of goods and freight.
“American Auto Transport is exploring a future where trucking will be completely automated and connected to the Internet, with an on-demand fleet,” American Auto Transport CEO David D’Agostino said in a statement.
“This will mean the end of a driver-initiated journey, and the transition to a ‘Driverless’ future.”
American Auto is developing automated systems for cargo delivery.
The trucking industry is not far behind.
A study by the International Business Machines Corp. found that trucking has a fleet of 1.5 million vehicles that includes 2,000 autonomous systems.
It has invested $500 million in autonomous technology in the past two years.
D’Agosta said the company would be testing its autonomous trucks with a variety of suppliers, including major companies such as FedEx, UPS and UPS Express.
It is also working on partnerships with other companies that have a stake in the business, including Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co.DATC is a subsidiary of a large technology company, but D’Aosta said he doesn’t expect to invest in the firm’s autonomous systems anytime soon.
DATC owns the global trucking and logistics business, and it is not an auto parts company.
The trucking business has been a major driver of U.S. employment, and D’AGOSTINO said the move will lead to more jobs.
The companies have invested billions of dollars in research and development.