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How AVs could the solve truck driver shortage

Trucks lined up on a highway at night
Trucks stuck in a jam in Southern Germany. Photo: Peter Kneffel/AFP/Getty Images

As the rapid growth of e-commerce continues — it accounted for 42.5% of all retail sales growth last quarter — it's putting pressure on the U.S. trucking industry, which is already facing a 63,000-driver shortage, and bolstering the case for autonomous trucks.

Why it matters: The trucking industry's driver shortage is projected to hit 175,000 drivers by 2026 and may push retailers toward using autonomous trucks even sooner than passenger AVs are deployed.