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ArchHoagland

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Posted: 01/03/20 09:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On YouTube I follow several truck drivers.

This driver, SuperTruckerDan, spotted another truck that was obviously a self driving truck with a lady driver at the wheel going the Arizona speed limit of 75 MPH.

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Posted: 01/03/20 10:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SuperTruckerDan.......also in left lane doing 75mph

So what is your point??


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I've been wondering about how the trucking industry is adapting to self driving trucks and thought this was interesting that they are actually out on the road running them.

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SuperTruckerDan's not much of a driver. The middle lane lets you motor on and not deal with on/off ramps, as long as you can do the seed limit. Son drives and his current Volvo has cameras front & sides, auto breaking (says it brakes approaching bridges) The female drives driving with one hand??? Give me a break, I did that in a 2001 Star with power steering. Guy does not know what he speaks of all guess.


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I suspect rather than a full up autonomous the rig is probably set up for lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise and blind spot monitoring. Common options for the daily driver vehicle and can easily be adaptive to OTR prime movers. The hardware and liability cost in a commercial application of full autonomous might be prohibitive until the technology matures a bit more.

What I wonder about is what the various state/federal DOT regs will look like along with insurance policy mice type once full autonomous drive becomes a standard option from more builders then just Tesla. Will Unattentive Autonomous Operation (UAO) be the new legal acronym?


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A few years ago, Freightliner/Mercedes ran an autonomous truck almost non-stop for a year around the state. Saw it a few times on Highway 95 between Reno and Vegas.

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Even if it is full autonomous (I do noticed the woman appeared to be driving)

His complaint was that he did not feel comfortable doign 75 (he normally did about 70 can not say as I disagree with that) so how can it be safe for the truck.

Human reaction time. from the time you see danger to the time you start to react the average is 3/4 second.. Now I will admit a non-drinker or a non-drinking teen who is wide awake may be a bit faster. Tired, Elderly or history of intoxication a bit slower. but the average is 3/4 second.

The computers that run that truck.. 1/100th of a second is a long time they can respond dang near instantly.

But the filp side what happens if they "Crash".. Well a comnputer crash you throw money at it and you are up and running again.

But if that truck crashes.. Into you... You may well never be up again.


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no way is the world ready for self driving anything.

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midnightsadie wrote:

no way is the world ready for self driving anything.


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I wonder if AZ has a “no truck in the fast lane” law. What happened to drive right pass left? What’s the obsession, on a limited access highway where there are very few exits to worry about, to ride in the middle lane?

The problem with the autonomous vehicles is they can mis interpret situations, like braking for bridges mentioned above. I’ve driven many vehicles with all kinds of drivers assists (braking, lane keep assist, etc) and none of them, regardless of brand, is very accurate. I’m sure technology in an autonomous vehicle is more refined, but still not 100%.

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