How do you feel about automonous trucks? Would you be comfortable in a driverless truck?

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  1. roadscholar88

    roadscholar88 Member

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    How do you feel about automonous trucks? Would you be comfortable sleeping in the cab of a driverless truck?
     
  2. othertrucker2001

    othertrucker2001 Professional Flummoxer

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    I was never comfortable sleeping in the truck with ANYONE driving. I cant imagine sleeping with THE TRUCK driving.
    (although, my freightliner did stop one night, about one mile from my home. it encountered a pickup truck pulling a sailboat. it was raining and apparently jackknifed and skidded off the road. the cop tapped on my window asking me what happened and i told him i wasnt sure. i told him ,"you guys were already here when i got here". He said, "doing what? we got a call about a tractor trailer sitting in the road with his 4 ways blinking". i guess my autonomical truck sensed a crash that nobody else knew about. good thing, cause i had been on the road for nearly five days straight.)
     
  3. Apostolic

    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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    After slapping gears my entire trucking career I wasn't happy when tractors started showing up with automatic trannies.
    So no I know one of them there driverless numbers wouldn't be something I could go with.
    However now that I'm retired from trucking I would never have to deal with any new innovations ever again.
    Well unless all 4 wheelers become diverless,but by then I'm pretty sure I'll have a dirt dinner & none of it will make any difference.
     
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  4. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Wings Over the World!

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    "Dirt Dinner" similar to "Dirt Nap" as well "Part Of The Landscape".

    Heck no, I'm not to be comfortable if I ever be in a "driver less" horseless carriage in the construct of a Commercial Motor Vehicle.
    Not interested in being a passenger of a questionably operated vehicle especially because HACKERS will continue to find ways around "security systems".
    TEAM DRIVING is 2 HUMANS, not Artificial Incompetence and 1 HUMAN.

    Autonomous cars will be a large threat as we've seen with Google and Tesla.

    I'll stick with a non-autonomous, multi-speed, human-assisted, down-hill self-propelled vehicle known as a Mongoose bicycle with off-road lighting and low-flight capabilities.

    CHEERS!!
     
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  5. DCM_Doc

    DCM_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I wonder how well this "driverless truck" will navigate slick roads. I can't find information how a computer will adjust for ice etc.
     
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  6. kboomarang

    kboomarang My allah, between pie and mode

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    I've wondered that too, there's a lot to it and feel is a big part of it, I don't believe sensors and programming are gonna pick up on it till maybe it's to late and the traction breaking.
     
  7. DCM_Doc

    DCM_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Under ideal conditions & a highway designed for "Auto Pilot" a driverless truck might in time work. But there is still a lot of work & testing before we will see many trucks with an empty driver's seat.
     
  8. mud

    mud Wonderin'

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    I started my truck driving career in 1973, and retired after 36 years of trucking in 2009. I finally gave up my CDL with HAZMAT in 2015.
    Enough is enough.
     
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  9. Apostolic

    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm with you mud I worked as a P & D steering wheel holder for 45 years & retired the LAST day of March 2008.
    My license came up for renewal in 2011,Thats when I dropped the CDL,as I knew I'd never drive another Semi again.
    I really don't miss anything about my trucking career,it was really hard work toward the end which caught up with me physically.
    City work really does do a number on you if you do it for a long time.
     
  10. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Wings Over the World!

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    Just as well as these questionable "systems" operate in current trucks: SUDDEN DECELERATION for any or no reason regardless of terrain or weather.
     
  11. a9faninnc

    a9faninnc Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Driving up and down I-81 in Virginia,im convinced driverless trucks would be a huge improvement over some of the "piloted" ones.Most,you can recognize by the name on the door.
     
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  12. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY Last, bag standing

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    I hope I am around long enough to see these trucks run I-80-94, from Lake Station, west to the 294 split....
     
  13. rod_munch

    rod_munch New Member

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    An email I sent to the Otto company, who is developing a self driving truck in Ohio. Their email is info@ot.to

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    What am I and 3 million other truck drivers supposed to do when your wonderful invention replaces us? How do I pay my mortgage?

    Trucking is one of the very last good paying blue collar jobs left, that a non college educated person can get.

    Its also the number one most common occupations in most states. Am I supposed to go back to college in my 50s, and get six figures of student loan debt? Maybe I can design apps and websites! Gee thanks fellas.


    Thanks a million you egghead engineers.



    Trucker from Wisconsin
     
  14. Stimpy

    Stimpy Wingnut

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    moose Active Member

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    They will never replace drivers, they have to have someone to blame when the thing ****s up!! I am sorry but, I dont ever see them working on snow covered roads, anywhere in the us especially I 80 through PA I 99 in PA coming down Turkey Ranch snow covered and such haha !!! Kind of like the abortion autoshift, geeks wet dream....
     
  16. Apostolic

    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Theres always going to be a human doing pre & post trips,checking the oil,fueling,hooking & unhooking.
    As well as calling dispatch when it drives in a ditch on a wintery run.
     
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  17. 00mustang

    00mustang JUST LIVING THE DREAM

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    They are going to try them now in Ohio near Columbus, Heck there were times when I teamed that I didn't feel safe with my other driver
     
  18. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Wings Over the World!

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    As to fluid checks: There are now systems in place to alert as to low or no fluids yet most people are still clueless.
    Pre and Post trip checks will be eliminated as earlier conceived/implemented electronic (E.C.U., E.C.M.) systems/aggravations have/will have TOTAL CONTROL, T.P.M.S., Low Air/Fuel/Coolant, etc. Maybe, Like Forbidden Planet, Machines will be SELF REPAIRING therein eliminating "repair shops".
    There will, after all Bugs and Security updates to prevent ANY hacking having been secured and implemented, be completely autonomous vehicles as have only been read in Tomes and seen in Movies.
    It will be the New Earth provided the SEVEN DEADLY SINS have not pushed the buttons to extirpation of Humanity.

    WE may not see the inevitable (A.I.) "future" or we may see the negative (Fireball Earth or F.E.) "future".

    Excuse the cliche: "Only TIME Will Tell"!!

    G'Nite and Hope For The Best!!
    CHEERS!!​
     
  19. Apostolic

    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Okay Cerberus_Kelpie looks like you have everything covered to eliminate the human eliminate.
    However there is at least one other aspect that can't completely take out a human driver.

    You will think to yourself,what say you?
    Well anytime some technology is being operated by a computer chip,the signal comes from satellites hovering above the earth.
    So when there is a Sun Spot,an explosion on the sun that is able to block a digital signal.

    No digital signal,then anything digital would be rendered inoperable.
    Think of everything electronic we all have come to enjoy,along with power grids,water supply terminals,as well as motor vehicles, of course computers,& cell phones.
    Will all become totally useless,including the Ott driverless truck.
    The truck also may shut down,however perhaps a driver could keep it going.
     
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  20. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY Last, bag standing

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    I don't know C. These hackers break into government, and large corporate computer systems. See no reason why they would not want to take control of an 80,000 lb, 60 mph missile, and have some fun with it, like demo derby...
     

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