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4x4ord

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Posted: 02/08/21 04:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Interesting but, kind of scary.

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Ultimately they will likely be safer than human driven trucks. Will not get sleepy, distracted, driving while eating, etc. all while following driving rules and speed limits.

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Scarry is right!!

Imagine how full of integrated circuits, complex mechanical components, and communications equipment (for Internet and/or satellite connectivity) ... those trucks will be full of. All of tlhat can, and will, fail here and there over time.

I hope that transportation regulations require those trucks to be clearly marked - including distinctive night lighting - so that the rest of us can stay well away from them on the highways.

P.S. Maybe I spent too many years working in the integrated circuits industry and too many hours watching those cable reality shows about big rig accident disasters in Alaska - most which have nothing to do with human error - but can be blamed on 80,000 lbs. of freight inter-acting with the laws of physics.


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BB_TX wrote:

Ultimately they will likely be safer than human driven trucks. Will not get sleepy, distracted, driving while eating, etc. all while following driving rules and speed limits.

pnichols wrote:

Scarry is right!!

Imagine how full of integrated circuits, complex mechanical components, and communications equipment (for Internet and/or satellite connectivity) ... those trucks will be full of. All of that can, and will, fail here and there over time.

I hope that transportation regulations require those trucks to be clearly marked - including distinctive night lighting - so that the rest of us can stay well away from them on the highways.

P.S. Maybe I spent too many years working in the integrated circuits industry and too many hours watching those cable reality shows about big rig accident disasters in Alaska - most which have nothing to do with human error - but can be blamed on 80,000 lbs. of freight inter-acting with the laws of physics.


I worked in the IT sector also, it isn't only hardware, but the software that runs on it.
Too many time in the rush to deploy new programs, there were always a "Work Around" or a situation that wasn't tested.
what happens when the road is snow covered, and the chains required signs are up???


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Posted: 02/08/21 06:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Let’s just hope the operating systems for the autonomous trucks isn’t based on Windows!


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How will they refuel?


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I worked in controls in a safety related field, one dedicated to preventing explosions in power plants. Ideally they will use self-testing triple redundant fault tolerant controls or something equal. Those systems are available. We will see.

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4x4ord wrote:

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I doubt it will ever be legal not to have human driver on board to take control just in case.

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Bird Freak wrote:

How will they refuel?
What if it leaves without paying?


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