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Old 08-26-2017, 11:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Would autonomous trucks still need the conventional design? If nothing else, couldn't they put the battery pack behind the last trailer? I just thought they could reduce the truck part and reassign it for aerodynamics' sake.
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Would autonomous trucks still need the conventional design?
Most likely not, unless they still need to provide safe accomodations for cargo handlers and a dispatcher who would remain on board (and eventually able to assume the control in case of emergency).


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If nothing else, couldn't they put the battery pack behind the last trailer? I just thought they could reduce the truck part and reassign it for aerodynamics' sake.
If the truck has a side-loading body, like most soft-drink delivery trucks, that might become doable. Other eventual option could be to adapt a front-loading layout resembling what's found in freighter aircraft.

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