Stop Worrying About "driverless Trucks"

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Tony's Comment
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Everybody is so worried about the possibility of driverless trucks. You dont need to worry and heres why.

1. Financial restraints. According to "Otto" and "future truck 2025" these trucks will cost 50,000 to upgrade with their software, them an additional 5-7,000 per year just in maintenance and support systems. Thats not even mentioning the human "delivery manager" salary. Think about it. They even admit humans will not be out of the picture completely, humans will still back the truck, maneuver around construction zones, accidents, always be on alert to take over should their be an emergancy on the roadway...etc. There will be 2 humans per truck (12 hour shifts) and each if them will recieve a sallery of say 40,000 (im low balling) so that is 87,000 per year in labor and computer cost alone not to mention the set up fee (50,000).

2. Safety. During cdl training...even while we are studying ti get our permit, we are always told, if theire is a small animal in the road and traffic around it is much safer to just hit the animal than swerve around and cause an accident. How is a computer going to tell the difference between say a dog and a 7 year old? Fhe computersystem is just going to read... Small mamal directly ahaid... Proceed. There goes little timmy. Not only that but think about it, how many times a day do we have to narrowly avoid an accident because a 4 wheeler is more concerned with his latest text msg vs the road.

3. National security. We always hear that if every trucker went on strike for even a day the nation would be put on its knees. And its true, a sudden stop in commerce would be a sledge hammer to uncle sams knee cap. We always hear how the russians...chinese...koreans...etc are always trying to hack into our national security networks...now imagine if all they had to do was hack a single privste company (otto)...or even shoot down the satilites that guid and direct these robot trucks... Within a week the stars and stripes will be replaces with the star, hammer, and sicyle.

On another note... Think of the millions employed because if truckers... Travel stops... Dinners... Shipping recidving clerks...lot lizards...etc.

Im sure their are a few more reasons i am leaving out but long story short. Dont fear these robots. They sound plausable only to those who have never stepped foot inside a rig.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jan P.'s Comment
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I think you all know my take on this and I won't go off again but in case you want to know how to we can save little Timmy.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Ps7bDgAAQBAJ&source=productsearch&utm_source=HA_Desktop_US&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=PLA&pcampaignid=MKTAD0930BO1&gclid=CPGli8CizdQCFQdNNwodNsYJHg&gclsrc=ds&dclid=CInTjcCizdQCFRZbDAodOIsAkQ

The tech has a long way to go to be perfected but we already have trucks being field tested with this technology so to bury our heads and say something will never happen isn't the way to go.

G-Town's Comment
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I think you all know my take on this and I won't go off again but in case you want to know how to we can save little Timmy.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Ps7bDgAAQBAJ&source=productsearch&utm_source=HA_Desktop_US&utm_medium=SEM&utm_campaign=PLA&pcampaignid=MKTAD0930BO1&gclid=CPGli8CizdQCFQdNNwodNsYJHg&gclsrc=ds&dclid=CInTjcCizdQCFRZbDAodOIsAkQ

The tech has a long way to go to be perfected but we already have trucks being field tested with this technology so to bury our heads and say something will never happen isn't the way to go.

Perfected technology is only the first of many hurdles to clear. And it may well be the easiest.

Yes Jan by the time it's running in a limited set of corridors, my head, along with the rest of me will likely will be buried.

And Tony? I don't now or will I ever worry about it replacing me.

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