An Assessment of Autonomous Tractor-trailer Usage for Full Truck Load Shipments

Open Access
Cahn, Sterling Cee
Area of Honors:
Supply Chain and Information Systems
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Robert Alexander Novack, Thesis Supervisor
  • John C Spychalski, Honors Advisor
  • supply chain
  • driverless
  • autonomous
  • transportation
The purpose of this thesis is to explain the future outlook of autonomous vehicles through the lens of driverless tractor-trailers and their impact on transportation. Research was conducted through interviews with leaders in robotics and information systems management. The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of autonomous vehicle usage were analyzed. Through this research it was determined that autonomous vehicles have the ability to revolutionize ground transportation by making shipments more efficient, affordable, and safe. Companies should considering purchasing autonomous tractor-trailers in the future, but only after the trucks have been on the market for a few years. By waiting a few years, companies will be able to capitalize on reduced costs, better safety, and established regulations on this new technology.