In Mount Vernon, Paccar develops automated trucks that could revolutionize long-haul industry

Chris Balton, lead automated driving engineer at Paccar’s Technical Center in Skagit County, drives this truck around a test track to demonstrate how technology guides the truck down the roadway. The monitors show how the truck sees the highway and surroundings. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Chris Balton, lead automated driving engineer at Paccar’s Technical Center in Skagit County, drives this truck around a test track to demonstrate how technology guides the truck down the roadway. The monitors show how the truck sees the highway and surroundings. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

From its Skagit County site and elsewhere, Bellevue-based PACCAR is among companies leading the charge in creating autonomous trucking. Successes could lead to a major shake-up in the freight industry. Unions worry about the loss of trucking jobs.

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