Freightliner Just Revealed The First Real Road-Legal Autonomous Big Rig

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by alister, May 5, 2015.

  1. alister

    alister Member

  2. scooby0048

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  3. UPS4Life

    UPS4Life Active Member

    I'm not to smart when it comes to insurance policies but I'd like to know who would insure a truck that doesn't have a physical driver. Yes somebody is in the seat encase a malfunction happens but accidents happen in the blink of an eye.
  4. Realm

    Realm New Member

  5. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Just when I thought my job couldn't get any easier.
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  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Does the computer blow the horn when he passes a car full of little kids all pumping their arms up and down?
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  7. Realm

    Realm New Member

    That would be a waste of 'energy'
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  8. Knothead

    Knothead WTF?

    Can it blind-side a 53' down a dark alley at night in the rain? Until it can, I'm not too worried about being replaced.
  9. 10 point

    10 point Well-Known Member

    Can it "see" a crotch rocket about to run a red light at 80 mph?
  10. 10 point

    10 point Well-Known Member

    DVIR reports will be electronic?
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  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    You have been here less than 30 seconds---read more, post less.
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  12. andrsnbkj

    andrsnbkj Member

    Soon enough packages will have there own legs
  13. jaker

    jaker trolling

    Hey now , how about any vehicle about to run a red light at 80
  14. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    It doesn't have a blind side.
  15. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    It probably can.
  16. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

    If these vehicles can have statistically less costly accidents than vehicles with drivers, then ,sure they can be insurable. but more viable. A two time dwi driver with two moving violations can also be insurable, just costs more. And in the case of the driverless truck, there is automatically one less person who would require medical expenses, that's right!, the driver that is NOT in the driverless truck.

    No, I suppose a driver will be needed for that. But how about this scenario? A hub awaits its load being pulled by a driverless truck. Truck pulls up through the inbound gate. Trailer is disengaged and a shifter hooks up to it . Sound like you can eliminate a lot of sleeper runs that need drivers.

    Of course, this is all in the far future, well maybe not so far.

    My other question, if these vehicles are really efficient and will not blow stop signs or speed, how are municipalities going to generate revenue from moving violations?
  17. alister

    alister Member

    I have to agree , this should be one of the easier things to check off on the list. This truck will not be blind while doing this. It will either have laser and or radar to guide. It might even have a popup drone to give it an over head view. The building it is backing up to may even send data to the truck to eliminate blind spots
  18. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Driverless vehicles will not be operating on public roads at any point during our or our children's lifetimes.

    I don't doubt that the technology might soon exist but we are a long way from the point where the general public would allow them.
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  19. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Can it blow its horn and wolf whistle when a car load of hot looking babes in mini-skirts passes it? I don't think so.

  20. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    In the winter, when roads get bad, how will it put chains on the tires when needed?
    It will know when to pull into a truck stop for more fuel, and refuel itself how?
    It stops at a weigh station and is overweight, the cops just toss a violation notice on the front seat?
    If it commits a traffic violation, it will know to pull over for the cops?
    If during a random Highway Patrol stop for safety inspection, it has to be pulled out of service, how do the Cops make it stay where it is, who do they notify, and how do they take it out of service?
    These are questions for years from now, when there is no person inside the truck at all.
    And, at the current point in time, how does the poor soul in the truck let it know it has to pull over, cause the guy has to pee?