Driverless trucks.

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Driverless trucks.

Postby fungus » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:43 pm

As announced on lunchtimes news.

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/9 ... n-uk-roads

Problems ahead?

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Re: Driverless trucks.

Postby GTR1400MAN » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:57 pm

The future.

I predict within 10 years cars will be added as well. Long trains of vehicles driving at a constant speed. No bunching. No slowing/speeding up. Of course this is on motorways and large dualled A roads only. This will happen long before we have autonomous cars. It will look something like the up-lift section in this:

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Re: Driverless trucks.

Postby akirk » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:18 pm

so how will that work with non-autonomous users of the same road?
- when someone tries to change lane through the middle of the queue...
- when someone needs to leave or join the motorway and there is a half mile queue of linked vehicles in the way...
- when a deer runs out from the side of a motorway into the middle of the queue...
- when vehicle 3 of 8 has a blowout...

lots of questions yet to be answered...

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Re: Driverless trucks.

Postby fungus » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:33 pm

Point three was raised by Edund King.

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Re: Driverless trucks.

Postby Triquet » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:01 am

fungus wrote:Point three was raised by Edund King.

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Re: Driverless trucks.

Postby Horse » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:10 am

Serious answer/question: will deer run at vehicles or gaps? If gaps, how small will they go for?
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Re: Driverless trucks.

Postby GTR1400MAN » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:50 am

Let's clear one other point they are not driverless.

Think of it as adaptive cruise control ... on steroids.
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Re: Driverless trucks.

Postby akirk » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:14 am

GTR1400MAN wrote:Let's clear one other point they are not driverless.

Think of it as adaptive cruise control ... on steroids.

maybe so, but with human nature as it is, who wants to bet on the concentration / focus of the drivers in trucks 2-8?!
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Re: Driverless trucks.

Postby Strangely Brown » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:31 am

There won't be any [concentration]. Once the driving task is semi-automated the driver will become so disengaged from it that I do not see how, in any way, they would be able to "take over" in any emergency. If you think that drivers doing paperwork etc while on the road is a problem now...

ETA: Anyway, if the trucks are close enough together to make a meaningful difference to congestion and fuel economy, what would the driver be able to see that they could "concentrate" on, apart from the new graffiti on the back of the truck in front.

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