IVECO boss allays fears of driverless trucks

Colin Barnett
July 3, 2019


IVECO’s commercial director Gerrit Marx has criticised the industry for talking about driverless trucks, describing the use of term as irresponsible, as it acts as a deterrent to new drivers.

“We shouldn’t scare them with science fiction stories,” he said. “In reality fully robotised trucks on public roads are still several decades away.”

However, Marx went on to say that level 5 fully autonomous trucks operating in controlled environments and carrying out repetitive task, are a reality. 

“But we will still need truck drivers for a very long time to come,” he said. 

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Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic in the early seventies. The end of 2022 will see him complete 25 years with Commercial Motor, with a secondment as editor of sister title Truck & Driver along the way. Today, as technical editor, he is witnessing at first hand the greatest changes in heavy goods vehicles since they replaced horses.

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