Self-driving cars will soon be a reality, but self driving semi-truck may
a reality a lot sooner. A lot of auto makers like Tesla, Volvo, Daimler,
Embark and others are using autonomous technology to create robotic semi
Over the past few weeks, Embark has started using robotrucks to haul Frigidaire
refrigerators along Interstate 10 starting at a warehouse in El Paso,
Texas and ending at a distribution center in Palm Springs, California.
The robotruck is accompanied by a human driver co-pilot who monitors the
robot driver. Eventually, of course, the human driver will be eliminated
and the robot driver complete the route solo.
Many people fear self-driving vehicles and wonder whether they will be
safer than human drivers. However, these robot trucks will be primarily
driving on highways, which have fewer variables to account for such as
pedestrians and traffic signals. A robot driver only needs to stay in
its lane, maintain a safe driving distance and follow the speed limit.
Robot drivers also do not become tired and will not become distracted
by texts messages or other things. Also, with multiple cameras in front,
back and all around the truck, robot drivers can scan the road more efficiently
than a human driver with just a single pair of eyes. Also, robot drivers
do not need to sleep, while human drivers are required by law to take
rest and sleep breaks on long hauls.
Self-driving semi-trucks will also address the shortage of truck drivers
the industry currently faces. According to the American Trucking Association,
there is a shortage of 50,000 drivers, which will likely increase to 175,000 by 2024.
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