ABI Research finds use of autonomous vehicles are expected to rise in the U.S
Posted: 4 August 2017 | Intelligent Transport | No comments yet
ABI Research has found that 30% of the U.S transportation industry plan to introduce robotics into their business operations within a year.
In a recent survey of 455 U.S-based companies, ABI Research has found that 30% of transportation industry respondents plan to introduce robotics into their business operations within the next year, with another 22% actively assessing the technology.
Survey respondents said that intelligent transportation technology benefits are frequently linked to promoting workforce collaboration, centralised IT and operations frameworks, as well as workforce mobility.
Primary barriers of the adoption of these new technologies include data security and privacy concerns, alignment with existing legacy framework, and associated costs of technology adoption.
Key survey findings concerning attitudes toward, and perceived benefits of, key technologies include:
- Autonomous Vehicles: 44% of respondents are not familiar with autonomous vehicle technology for transport
- Operational Data Management: There is a disconnect amid rising ‘co-optition’ and respondents do not see consolidation with a reluctance to share data. Only 2% of respondents highly rank sharing operational data with peers and only 14% with key partners
- Freight as a Service: 34% of respondents favour Freight as a Service for its ability and flexibility to choose loads and routes dynamically, but only 2% of respondents highly anticipate that it will grow their customer bases
- V2X: ETE cargo tracking (38%) and vehicle monitoring (36%) saw the strongest results corresponding with industry growth
- Artificial Intelligence: Only 4% of respondents rank navigation and guidance applications as a priority. AI remains a nascent technology, but it is critical to the adoption of autonomous vehicles.
“Transportation providers may view intelligent transportation technologies as solutions to evolve their existing transportation operations versus opportunities for developing new revenue streams and business models,” says Susan Beardslee, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. “These players also show concern for legacy systems integration and comprehension of the complexity/fragmentation of their supply chain.”
These findings are from ABI Research’s Industry Survey: Transformative Technology Adoption and Attitude – Transportation report.