I Rode in the First Street-Legal Autonomous Truck

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Ludo dog

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If an emergency takes place and the driver cannot take control due to illness the 80,000 pound truck just stops in the highway- I see death and destruction - Daimler better work on that.
 


What do you think normally happens if the driver has a heart attack or something? I'll wager it's a hell of a lot more dangerous than gracefully stopping.

A large truck parked in the middle of the road is unlikely to be significantly more dangerous than a traffic jam; it's a pain but not really likely to cause accidents beyond people having to merge to go around it.
 


Pretty much every technological advance puts people out of a job.

We have pretty much left the labour-constrained economy behind.
 

Astrix_au

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One day computers will make the whole world unemployed... unless you're working in Autonomous industry.
 

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The widespread adoption will rely on providing the superiority of autonomous vehicle over human drivers. Using a semi makes it a tougher test because their drivers are assumed to be better than average drivers due to licensing requirements.

The critical question will be how well the system passes the assh*le other driver challenge and unanticipatable events like another semi blowing a tire as it completes a passing maneuver. Any fatalities that resulted would set back adoption efforts, no matter how a human driver would do in comparison.

 

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What do you think normally happens if the driver has a heart attack or something? I'll wager it's a hell of a lot more dangerous than gracefully stopping.

A large truck parked in the middle of the road is unlikely to be significantly more dangerous than a traffic jam; it's a pain but not really likely to cause accidents beyond people having to merge to go around it.


What do you think normally happens if the driver has a heart attack or something? I'll wager it's a hell of a lot more dangerous than gracefully stopping.

A large truck parked in the middle of the road is unlikely to be significantly more dangerous than a traffic jam; it's a pain but not really likely to cause accidents beyond people having to merge to go around it.
There's no description of how the vehicle monitors the drivers state of consciousness or health. If this part of the system works, expect our cradle to grave Federal government to require such a monitor in ALL new vehicles, autonomous or not ??.
 
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