Autonomous trucking is coming – commercial insurers must prepare

The freight volume that trucks move around the United States has increased annually since the global financial crisis. Evolving business dynamics, however, including a shortage of available commercial truck drivers, has forced companies to search for new solutions to fill needed positions and increase capacity.

One viable solution is autonomous trucking technology, which can help streamline transportation logistics and meet demand. As the momentum behind autonomous trucking technology grows, insurance companies and reinsurers of self-insured fleets must begin formulating approaches to commercial autonomous vehicle (AV) technology.

In this article, Milliman actuary Andrew Groth explores the steps insurers should use to investigate the feasibility of offering new products for a developing autonomous trucking industry. He also examines the impact of autonomous trucking on their current books of business.

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