Self Driving Semis

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KID's Comment
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Any thoughts on this subject? Are what does this mean for truck drivers.

PackRat's Comment
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Type "self driving" in the search bar at the top of the page.

This has been covered and redressed on here quite a bit.

Rhino's Comment
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There no where near ready for that. The tech they have in them now is glitchy and junk imo

Matthew P.'s Comment
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I am.talking with my broker about investing. It's coming. Just unsure who is going to end up being a big player

Any thoughts on this subject? Are what does this mean for truck drivers.

Bird-One's Comment
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What are you and your broker basing this off of?

I am.talking with my broker about investing. It's coming. Just unsure who is going to end up being a big player

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Any thoughts on this subject? Are what does this mean for truck drivers.

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I am.talking with my broker about investing. It's coming. Just unsure who is going to end up being a big player

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Any thoughts on this subject? Are what does this mean for truck drivers.

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Broker?!?

Thought you were a company skateboarder. Refresh us, please?

~ Anne ~

Rob T.'s Comment
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I am.talking with my broker about investing. It's coming. Just unsure who is going to end up being a big player

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Technically it's already here. If you really think self driving trucks are going to be a majority of what's on the road you're mistaken. How many self driving cars do you see out there? It seems every Tesla I see the driver is still controlling it. When the technology is advanced enough to be a threat to jobs it would start with OTR but that's so far off I wouldn't be the least concerned by it.

How often do your sensors go off because of a shadow or nothing at all. How often do these sensors get blocked/disabled because snow or rain. How will the system react when it forces a hard brake from a shadow that the driver is able to override with the accelerator.

How will the trucks navigate? Somebody sitting in an office overseas so a company can save a few bucks? Rely solely on GPS? What happens if there's an unexpected detour? What happens if you're routed down a road you can't make the turn? Numerous times my GPS or logs indicate I'm speeding on certain roadways, sometimes doing 70 in a 40 mph zone when it is actually 70 mph zone. Will the truck slow to 40? Will the sensor that reads the speed limit on the side of road and shows up on my dash over ride that? Ya know, the same one that constantly reads the minimum speed as the maximum speed.

There's far too many unexpected things that happen daily and most experienced drivers aren't the least bit worried. There's a reason for that and it isn't that we're in denial.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Old School's Comment
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Broker?!?

Thought you were a company skateboarder.

He's referring to his stock broker or financial advisor. He wants to invest in the tech. He sees potential for above average gains.

Chief Brody's Comment
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Automated trains are far more feasible because they run a much more controlled system than a public roadway.

Automated trains have been around since 1967.

Yet most public transit system still today have human operators driving the trains.

Automated Trains

By the way notice the list of defunct systems in the link above.

Old School's Comment
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One of the biggest tricks (scams) in the tech world is to appear like you are about to bust out with something really big. That draws the attention of investors. Many of these so called leaders in autonomous truck technologies have no intention of ever bringing their tech to the marketplace. They are actually looking for someone to buy their company. They could care less if the tech develops further or gets buried by one of their competitors.

They want the easy money that comes from the start-up phase. They don't really understand how to deal with the realities of being profitable in a competitive marketplace. As long as they can sell out big during the development stage they are happy to move on to the next cutting edge tech development.

Disclaimer...

I'm not a financial advisor. I would never have invested in Tesla. I never in a million years would have seen them get to where they are now.

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