A New Milestone Has Been Attained for Autonomous Driving 18-Wheeler Trucks
USA- Freightwaves.com writes that new autonomous trucks are bringing digital gadgets and advanced technology to the road. The vehicles are now Level 2 autonomous, which indicates a big step forward from Level one. At Level one, vehicles are equipped with driver-assisting technology, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, collision avoidance, active brake assistance, and pedestrian warning. At level two, vehicles also have electronic steering.*
The truck can determine the distance between other vehicles and can adapt based on slowing traffic to ensure the truck does not approach another vehicle or object too quickly. The sensors can detect the presence of things outside the line of vision of the driver.
These trucks do not operate without a driver behind the wheel. He or she still must remain alert and monitor the vehicle’s controls as the truck travels. Many drivers will likely enjoy the newer vehicles which have been described as comfortable, smooth, quiet, and lacking in-cabin vibrations. The safety features can detect vehicles in the truck’s blind spots and alert a driver when it is not safe to change lanes.
While new driverless technology has made strides in making vehicles safer, the speed at which this technology is progressing has made many critics nervous about whether it has been tested thoroughly enough to be safe. Of course, it is important to note that with the vast majority of automobile crashes being caused by human mistakes, the additional safety technology is a step in the right direction. Whether its trucks or passenger vehicles, driverless technology is not going away any time soon.
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