Safety and workforce concerns hamper self-driving vehicles' progress

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SINGAPORE (July 24): On an overcast summer’s day, in the outskirts of Gothenburg, the port city on the southwestern coast of Sweden, three trailer trucks are lined up along a wide, oval track. On signal, they start off in unison, one close behind the other. After a while, the drivers in the second and third trucks pick up their radios to talk to each other, gesturing; their hands are completely off the steering wheel.

These trucks, equipped with autonomous driving technology, are part of vehicle manufacturer Volvo’s trials that have been running since September 2016. The company, best known for its focus on safety and the hardy construction of its vehicles, has had its trucks put to the test in various sectors, including...(click on link for full story on