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First Automated Truck Licensed To Operate On Public Roads

The state of Nevada has given a commercial trucking license to Daimler Trucks North America. Will such vehicles someday become yet another form of computer hardware that falls under the purview of IT professionals?
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MarstonG393
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6/26/2015 | 1:49:26 PM
Re: So when an automated truck bumps into a self-driving car...
There's an easy way to solve that problem which it have all of the trucks connected to each other via a network.

Last time I checked, the speed of light is still faster than the required reaction time.  Automated trucks would be able to avoid conjested areas and take alternate routes, they'd be able to work in unison to reduce fuel needs and by working together, they could react in a collective way. Today, your issue exists even with human drivers.
SaneIT
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5/8/2015 | 8:11:26 AM
Re: So when an automated truck bumps into a self-driving car...
What I fear is almost the opposite of that.  In one instance both vehicles see the collison coming, react with their superhuman quickness and over correct causing more damage than just one robo vehicle might have.  The other instance is having robo vehicles in minor collisions over and over and just going on about their day.  I've been watching Amazon's robo warehouse videos for a while now and can't help but notice that the robots are getting a little worn and marked up from bumping things.  I'm not sure I want to be in a vehicle that ignores the fact that half the paint just got rubbed off on the tires of a big rig. 
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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5/7/2015 | 9:19:49 PM
So when an automated truck bumps into a self-driving car...
So when a Daimler automated truck bumps into a Google self-driving car in Nevada, do they exchange addresses? Can the well-muscled truck say, "Get a load of my tailgate, sweetie." Will humans know the conversation is going on? Not that I worry about robots or anything but Ex Machina was a pretty interesting film.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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5/7/2015 | 8:52:17 AM
Impacts of self driving trucks
I know that a lot of people will look at this with the understandable fear that we're going to put the biggest things on the road into the hands of a computer but if you think about it this has a much bigger impact on the economy, traffic and road safety than robo cars.  Drivers get stressed, have bad days, get sleepy, eat bad food, get distracted, etc.  When that happens even if the truck arrives safely to its destination chances are the truck has drifted lanes a few times next to small cars, may have ridden on the bumper of a car that was "in its way" or barreled down a rural road at excessive speed trying to make up time.  I'm not saying that truck drivers are bad just that we are on the cusp of being able to give them much better tools to do their jobs which make the roads safer (in theory) and improve efficiency.  I do wonder though if it will lead to a disconnect or more distraction.  I guess that will have to be seen.
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