For more than a century, burning fossil fuels has generated most of the energy required to propel our transportation needs. Using fossil fuels for energy has exacted an enormous toll on humanity and the environment including air, water pollution and global warming.
In this era of digitalisation and smart technologies, the use of autonomous vehicles as a mode of transport is not a question of 'if' but 'when'. Although the moon-shot promise of complete autonomous mobility by 2020 remains elusive, growing investments by the transportation industry into research and development of autonomous technology have shown promising results – results that can be repurposed to more predictable and constrained environments, such as distribution centre operations.
Mankind has been obsessed with and fascinated by autonomous vehicles for the last few decades. In the 1997 timeless classic – “Tomorrow Never Dies”, James Bond controlled and steered his car using his mobile phone and left audiences enthralled, wondering when they could do the same in their cars. Cut to 2020, and such features are a reality in some of today’s most advanced cars.