A higher level of automation can also help professional drivers. After all, excessive strain is now a daily companion for them too. Professional drivers in particular – whether at the wheel of a truck, a bus, a small van,or a taxi – are confronted with the consequences of rising levels of traffic congestion on a daily basis, with an ever growing number of trips, performed under increasing time pressure, and with a growing shortage of personnel. Right now, package delivery drivers are particularly badly affected. They have to deliver about 200 parcels during each shift. In rush hour, they contribute to traffic congestion, particularly when they block an entire lane while making a delivery.
In particular for the drivers of trucks and light commercial vehicles in downtown areas and depots, automated and autonomous driving functions can deliver immense benefits. Once implemented in the vehicle correctly, they can relieve professional drivers of certain aspects of their daily workload and task burden, making their life a bit easier. The same benefits can be obtained from intelligent delivery systems. In the context of smart logistics, these network cargos, delivery personnel, and consignees in an intelligent way. This takes away excessive strain while also achieving a saving in time, that ever more valuable luxury commodity.