Uber Self-Driving Truck Packed With Budweiser Makes First Delivery In Colorado

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Colin K.'s Comment
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I spoke to some folks at the CA Trucking Show from Otto. They said they were currently conducting tests with "driverless" trucks.

This topic came up at a seminar put on the the California Trucking Association. An experienced driver asked the Otto folks if their technology could detect ice on the road ahead like an experienced driver can. They didn't answer.

The CTA rep said that perhaps drivers in "driverless" truck drivers will eventually become something similar to a pilot or co-pilot. He is example was that pilots are there to guide the plane through landings, takeoffs and unusual events in flight, but that, most of the time, the pilot engages the autopilot feature.

I'm not a driver (considering it), so maybe I'm wrong on this. However, I can see trucking companies using "driverless" trucks as a reason to reduce driver pay since drivers supposedly won't be needed the entire trip. I hope I'm wrong.

I didn't see "driverless" trucks being an issue anytime soon as I didn't think people would be that comfortable with them. (I know I'm not, except at Disneyland. :) ) Looks like I'm certainly wrong on that.

Stay Safe Out There, Colin K.

Bud A.'s Comment
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I didn't see "driverless" trucks being an issue anytime soon as I didn't think people would be that comfortable with them. (I know I'm not, except at Disneyland. :) ) Looks like I'm certainly wrong on that.

I agree. People aren't comfortable with self-driving vehicles. The people pushing them know that and have started up the propaganda machine to convince us that not only are they ok, they're better than what we have now.

This stunt delivering beer (who doesn't like beer?) is part of that. You'll know they're in full propaganda mode when there are tv shows and movies featuring them. Look for the key points "saves lives, saves money, saves the planet because more fuel efficient." It will be "what about the children?" all over again.

Eric G.'s Comment
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I know this thread is a few years old but I've been doing research on this topic since talking to a community college about doing a CDL program. What wasn't mentioned with the truck delivering budweiser was that the truck was surrounded by the Colorado State Police, two tow trucks went out before it came down to road to tow any disabled vehicles, and there were several chaser vehicles that went out to keep other vehicles from intruding in its space. From the media's perspective it showed that the truck was indeed driverless and that AI has won the day. However, it was not even performed with real road conditions. For this to be a truly modern miracle it would have needed to be completely and utterly done in real world conditions. This is how many of the deliveries by these vehicles are being done right now. Smoke and mirrors!

Also, check this out: Someone is keeping tabs on Tesla crashes. Since these vehicles aren't as commonly owned as lets say a Toyota this is a bit alarming.

https://www.tesladeaths.com/

Tesla Cars 4x more Likely to Spontaneously Combust:

https://www.businessinsider.com/why-tesla-cars-catch-on-fire-2019-4

Telsa and the NHSTA Investigations A Farce:

https://jalopnik.com/feds-tesla-autosteer-safety-investigation-was-bull****-1832542003

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