Will trucks be the first autonomous vehicles?
It seems likely, given the large economies that will bring to the transportation industry, by eliminating millions of jobs. But… there is another important reason. An autonomous truck that works only on highways is quite useful. Human drivers can meet it where more complex, urban navigation is needed, or when there is some unanticipated closure of the highway. Autonomous passenger vehicles need to handle everything from congested urban roads to the dirt path leading to a country house. That is a tougher AI task.