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Old 05-06-2015, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Autonomous Freightliner heavy-duty truck is on the road...



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Self-driving Freightliner Inspiration rolls out on public roads in Nevada - CNET

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Old 05-06-2015, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Businesses are 'hell-bent' on eliminating driver's jobs...just like trains did for 'Train Conductors' and cabooses.

Who's gonna be held "liable" when GPS says "right-turn" into a grade-school instead of going straight as the road actually goes?
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Don't think the DOT AND Teamsters will allow to eliminate 'drivers'. They will still require 'operators' in those seats and for yard/dock operations. Semi-autonomous operation for long haul OTR driving will definitely help in fuel efficiencies and driver safety. Specialty drivers are still needed for special cargo and difficult roadway conditions. More like cruise control on steroids.
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Businesses are 'hell-bent' on eliminating driver's jobs...just like trains did for 'Train Conductors' and cabooses.

Who's gonna be held "liable" when GPS says "right-turn" into a grade-school instead of going straight as the road actually goes?
Trains are the easiest things to automate, and I suspect they will be sans-engineer before too long. Heck, they are already automated in places such as airports.

As for cars going into grade schools, that will happen less and less frequently as the technology is developed. We already have people driving into grade schools, so autonomous cars will likely improve on the incidence of these accidents. My mom reversed into the house at full throttle a few months back when she went to apply the brake; an accident that never would have occurred if the car was in control.

Accidents will eventually reduce to a point that vehicles won't have to be designed to survive a collision, and occupants won't have to wear seat belts or have airbags. Perhaps one day we won't even be required to carry liability insurance, or it will be so cheap as to be an insignificant cost.

Autonomous systems never get tired, never get distracted, and never get emotional. They are only prone to interpreting data incorrectly, which is a much easier problem to solve than any of the human error factors.
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Then people are redundant and can be done away with altogether.
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These will still wear out rubber tires at the same rate.

What we need is hyperloop freight trains. Autonomous hyperloop freight trains.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I bet alot of these trucks get robbed and entire trailers get stolen.

What's going to stop you? a GPS and a camera? Pshhh good luck! all you need is a plastic bag and a can of paint for that!

It will be days before they even notice! The tractor pulls into a warehouse and parks waiting for the yard jockey to park the 53' beast. Wait no trailer?!?

Where is it? Who knows! (no one) the GPS on the trailer was disabled 3 days ago.


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Theft...yeah...

I used to drive a truck a hundred years ago, and I can tell you that the human drivers are not always as pure as the driven snow, and are sometimes willing participants in theft.

And lots and lots of drivers will not do much to prevent a theft if it involves their safety. "Hey, I'm not risking my neck for 15.75 an hour.

The machines don't have to be perfect, they just have to be better than humans.

The machines reportedly don't do well with poor visibility and traction problems in snow, so I'm safe from autonomous vehicles for the forseeable future.
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Then people are redundant and can be done away with altogether.
Without people, who will choose the color of the robots?

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