Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mercedes-Benz self driving trucks


Mercedes-Benz believes it's built a self-driving semi-truck that could eventually help cut down on highway tragedies that kill thousands of drivers each year. The Future Truck 2025 can't navigate city streets autonomously like Google's fleet of cars, but is perfectly capable of holding its own on the open road — and that's where sleep-deprived truck drivers most often pose a threat to people driving smaller passenger vehicles. Using a combination of advanced dual cameras, radar sensors, and the latest blind-spot technology (Mercedes refers to the system as "Highway Pilot"), the Future Truck 2025 analyzes the road to get a sense of surrounding traffic and terrain. The "highway" part of that is critical; a driver is still required to get the truck onto the interstate and successfully merge into traffic.

The Trojan Horse for getting these trucks approved will be highway safety and the argument will be made that tired semi drivers will be eliminated and thousands of lives will be saved (which is true). Once they get them on the road it will be just a matter of time before they are fully automated and the drivers are eliminated. I have been talking about automation and technology changing our future at a pace that will be very disruptive for most people. Nevertheless it is coming so take advantage and do not be a victim.

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