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LOOK OUT FOR TRUCK WITHOUT A DRIVER

Posted by on Tuesday, 20 August, 2013
NOBODY HOME

NTU’S SHUTTLE THAT RUNS BY  ITSELF

THE FIRST DRIVERLESS VEHICLES

Remember me talking about driverless cars? You said  “Not in my bleeping lifetime?”

Well, Smarty Pants, what do you say to this?

It’s happening.

An article in CIO  (Evan Dashevsky) says trucks are ready. That’s because they already drive in  “convoys”, several trucks tucked one behind the other, to reduce the overall air resistance and  fuel costs. Dashevsky says you shouldn’t let the Google “hype” about autonomous vehicles confuse you. As he sees it, driverless cars are still on the distant horizon whereas, since nobody seems to want the long hours of a long haul truck driver (there’s a big shortage of qualified drivers)  trucks are the perfect place to try out the technology.    With a human in the lead truck, letting driverless vehicles follow suddenly seems less crazy, doesn’t it?  And the trucking companies have a whole lot to gain  if it works.

 

GHOST FLEET

MOTHER GOOSE-LIKE TRUCKS

Meanwhile, in Singapore, a driverless shuttle bus will run back and forth over a two kilometer route from the campus to JTC’s Clean Tech One Building at Nanyank Technological University, another “walk before you can run” opportunity for autonomous vehicles.

MISTER ScienceAintSoBad believes we ARE close to true self-driving cars – the kind that’ll take you wherever, whenever and that you can actually afford. Could be five years maybe.  Not a distant horizon at all.

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