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Automated, Driverless 18-Wheeler Trucks Are in the Road-Testing Phase


September 09, 2020

USA- Automated trucks are already in the road-testing phase. These driverless vehicles have many benefits when it comes to safety. Computers do not get distracted, fall asleep at the wheel, or drive drunk.* 

There are some indications that the shift to big driverless rigs could be happening sooner than most people realize. Reports came out earlier in the year regarding the testing of such vehicles. 

The competition to develop the first road-ready driverless trucks is intensifying. Many well-known companies are involved, such as Tesla,  as well as startups hoping to cash in on billions to be made from this redesigning of the American transportation system. 

Some working on the autonomous trucks state that their tech is safe, although the details of how they have managed to create the autonomous vehicles is not fully known. Competition is so intense that the big players do not share their methods for fear of losing an advantage in the race to the road. 

The trucks are capable of driving at night and in the rain, or through both. So far, snow is still something that companies are working to handle, but the leaders in the industry are confident that they will soon be able to handle that inclement weather as well. 

Of course, some are concerned that the autonomous trucks will cost many people their jobs. 

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Sources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/driverless-trucks-could-disrupt-the-trucking-industry-as-soon-as-2021-60-minutes-2020-08-23/

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