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Yikes! Autonomous Big Rigs Coming to a Road Near You

Mar 31, 2024 - 10:07:50 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27997 posts since 6/25/2005

Per the Washington Post, such trucks aren't far i the future.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2024/03/31/autonomous-semi-truck-jobs-regulation

Next, we'll probably start seeing self=driving road trains, q.v.

I think dangr lurks. Autonomous cars are bad enough. Such trucks are scary.

Mar 31, 2024 - 10:30:57 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72042 posts since 10/5/2013

They’ve used them on sections of interstates,, then a “manual” driven truck meets them at an exit and takes the trailer load into town.

Apr 1, 2024 - 7:52:07 AM

Buddur

USA

3917 posts since 10/23/2004

There's always big rigs going off the road on the stretch of highway I drive to/from work...

...sure hope they factor in areas like this into their algorithms.

Apr 1, 2024 - 8:05:19 AM

Owen

Canada

15059 posts since 6/5/2011

"... always big rigs going off the road... ."

Probably at least a couple of times a day this winter my Facebook page was getting pics of trucks in the ditch, or some other SNAFU [Canadian roads and parking lots].   It got me to wondering what proportion of semis  in a given time have some noteworthy difficulty during their run.   My intuition (?) tells me it would be pretty small, though I'm nonetheless glad I'm not involved.    

Fwiw, I'm still "wondering." 

Edited by - Owen on 04/01/2024 08:13:56

Apr 1, 2024 - 8:20:33 AM

chuckv97

Canada

72042 posts since 10/5/2013

I would say it is small, Owen. The one close call I had in 16 years was hitting some black ice in southern BC,, my 40 ton loaded trailer started drifting sideways. Luckily no vehicles were coming from the opposite direction and I managed to straighten things out. (Kemnay was off limits fer me, tho)

Apr 1, 2024 - 9:47:55 AM

3790 posts since 4/5/2006

When they prove to be dangerous to humans, the $*** will hit the fan.

Apr 1, 2024 - 10:33:07 AM

1677 posts since 11/10/2022

Hopefully they do better on ice and snow than the big rigs I see littering the I40 median every day during winter.

If only theyd widen train tracks and help end the cargo issues. Build truck only lanes so that the other roads stop crumbling.

I do welcome our robot overlords. Im all for android doctors, the current ones forget too much and lack consensus and are spread thin.

Apr 1, 2024 - 10:43:45 AM

Owen

Canada

15059 posts since 6/5/2011

Onto a tangent, but for some reason "truck only lanes" brought this to mind.   https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/trans-siberian-road/index.html 

Though the cat's been out of the bag for a few years, I only became aware of it a couple of days back ... thanks to the "age of instant communication," I presume. 

Apr 1, 2024 - 8:09:38 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72042 posts since 10/5/2013

I remember this one just north of LA


 

Apr 2, 2024 - 1:18:40 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27997 posts since 6/25/2005

The single worst problem is driving too fast for conditions, in which case posted speed limits are irrelevant. It affects all. Professional drivers not exempted.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 04/02/2024 12:35:42

Apr 2, 2024 - 4:48:51 AM
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41166 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

I remember this one just north of LA


WHY...that's....

 

SEGREGATION...!

 

The...Horror....  ;0)

Apr 2, 2024 - 2:31:53 PM

12739 posts since 8/22/2006

I-20 through Bossier City has restricted big rigs due to construction work and they are being re-routed around to  I-220 but a lot of the rigs did/do not heed so the Bossier Parish Sheriff set up intervention locations. It was reported all over the local news and radio channels. The main culprit... Non English speaking truck drivers who were unable to read the signs..

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 04/02/2024 14:32:59

Apr 2, 2024 - 2:55:13 PM

Owen

Canada

15059 posts since 6/5/2011

In Porcupine Plain, SK:

Cory on X: "Porcupine Plain Sask. Ukrainian stop sign! http ...

... I'm told the 4EKAN stuff is Ukrainian.... I can speak a few words, but ^^ ain't one of 'em. sad

Edited by - Owen on 04/02/2024 14:56:16

Apr 2, 2024 - 4:26:03 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

72042 posts since 10/5/2013

Trucking companies have to import drivers because they can’t get enough Americans/Canadians to do those jobs,, like a lot of other professions/labour work. So you give a Mexican or a Hungarian the keys and send him on down the road after minimal training (if he’s already had experience in his own country).
Our company’s recruiters used to go to Europe every year or two to hire a bunch. One of them landed at Calgary airport, realized the barren prairie at -25*F was no place for him, and booked the next flight back to Amsterdam.

Apr 3, 2024 - 9:15:34 AM
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3790 posts since 4/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

I remember this one just north of LA


I don't remember that one. Must have been installed after I left, in 2003.

Apr 3, 2024 - 10:15:05 AM

12739 posts since 8/22/2006

Has anyone come up with analysis of the effect of these EV semi’s on our highways? Are they not heavier than the present semi’s used today? Would they not damage the existing road surfaces? On a local road near my home we have sand trucks running up and down the road every day. The surface was replaced within the last ten years and it was in good shape until these sand trucks started running about five years ago. The sand is used for fracking. Which deters earth movement.

Apr 3, 2024 - 11:52:22 AM

7683 posts since 7/24/2013

Once all vehicles are autonomous, traffic will run so much smoother. The ability of vehicles to communicate with each other would allow merging to happen without deceleration. I can’t wait, my car mostly can drive itself and I’m annoyed that it doesn’t just all the way do it. I want to nap while I drive.

Apr 3, 2024 - 11:53:42 AM
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7683 posts since 7/24/2013

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

Trucking companies have to import drivers because they can’t get enough Americans/Canadians to do those jobs,, like a lot of other professions/labour work. So you give a Mexican or a Hungarian the keys and send him on down the road after minimal training (if he’s already had experience in his own country).
Our company’s recruiters used to go to Europe every year or two to hire a bunch. One of them landed at Calgary airport, realized the barren prairie at -25*F was no place for him, and booked the next flight back to Amsterdam.


Hence my idea to put CDL schools at the border and allow people to stay in the country as long as they maintain a clean license. Were currently short about 100K drivers.

Apr 3, 2024 - 2:35:57 PM
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62088 posts since 12/14/2005

"Don't worry, Passenger! I've been driving professionally since I was a microprocessor!"

-Johnny Cab-

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