"Driverless trucks are likely to roll out at scale much sooner."

The impact of the self-driving truck


Mon, Jun 20th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The arrival of robotics can already be felt: from Walmart utilising robotic shopping carts, to Amazon's robots handling a human's hour-long process in just 15 minutes, The Guardian predicts that the arrival of the self-driving truck may be just as beneficial as it will be disruptive.

Despite these developments, the trucking industry plays down the threat of disruption, arguing that people will still be needed behind the wheel for complex manoeuvres and oversight. “You are not going to see a truck without a driver in it for a long time,” says Ted Scott from the American Trucking Associations. “The human being is an excellent driver 99.9% of the time. It’s just a tiny instance every now and then that causes a problem. Computers break down more than that.”

Furthermore, Scott argues, public perception remains a problem. “People generally don’t like to drive around trucks even when they have a driver in them. Now you start telling them there is no driver in that truck?”



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