Trailers can be remote-controlled while self-driving haulers could soon feature on railways.
Meanwhile, a Swiss private sector initiative is developing an underground tunnel system allowing driverless EVs to transport supplies and waste at 30km/h.
Trials will take place on a 70km three-lane stretch between Geneva and St. Gallen. Rather than using a swapping system, vehicles will be charged from renewable sources via induction tracks.
Pooling and an express train on the tunnel ceiling for packages should guarantee an efficient, smooth passage.
Vehicles can be loaded along the route at easily accessible logistics hubs equipped with lifts. The network should cover 500km within a decade, reducing street and road traffic by 30%.
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