New data in a third-party report on the company suggests it could save millions in fuel and operating costs for the supply chain. Here’s how CEO Çetin Meriçli sees it.

The key to making the world’s supply chain greener, at least in the short term, might just be — autonomous trucks?

At the end of November, Lawrenceville-based autonomous trucking company Locomation released an environmental report authored by the firm Boundless Impact Research and Analytics. Labeled by Locomation as the first of its kind, the report provides specific numbers on emissions, operating costs and the overall greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of autonomous trucking.

Unlike other autonomous vehicle companies developing products for the trucking industry, Locomation employs a unique two-truck convoy system — which the company refers to as its Human-Guided Autonomy system — in which one truck is driven by a human and the second follows along autonomously. The idea is that two drivers can be available per convoy, and that while one is driving the front truck the other can rest in the autonomous one and alternate as needed. With this structure, the wind shear is also reduced for the second truck by following the first, which reduces overall fuel usage.

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