They’re just 80,000-pound trucks screaming down the road at 60-plus miles per hour. So, why would we want to see how new technologies impact the drivers?
I mean what could go wrong? All the systems are there to prevent crashes and operate more safely than drivers.
Okay, so, what is a ”safety” driver then? One more time, they do what?
You’re thinking, there goes The Dude again. He hates AV, drones, puppies, etc… Not true. I’ve just been around long enough to know that there are slopes one must try not to slide down when jumping to the ridiculous, hyped-up conclusions of nascent technologies.
Certain impacts of the various aspects of the autonomy levels are great and positive and maybe not so positive. Particularly when you get to Level 3 situations.
As reported in Fleet Owner, the FMCSA is looking to study these impacts across the board. Great idea. Let’s see if this stuff works before we allow it on the roads. Oh, you might want to make sure companies aren’t self-certifying either. Seriously.
The issue isn’t that anyone is suspicious of the benefits of crash avoidance, radar, lidar, lane control, speed controls, automatic braking, and crash avoidance. Although I will tell you my pickup thinks I’m going to hit this one particular brick mailbox every time I drive by it! ANNOYING!!!
The issue is situational awareness and I think we all saw that a few weeks back with a certain AV company when a “safety” driver overreacted.
We see accidents every day with drivers that are disengaged, or not aware of or able to predict the actions of others.
Now, imagine the driver isn’t engaged at all. What kind of “safety” is that driver providing? You’re cruising down the road mile after mile and you aren’t responsible for the second-to-second operation of the truck. An hour or so later and the AV system hands you the controls in the event of an emergency.
The system was great, but the driver couldn’t react…Sounds like a scapegoat to me.
On the other hand, NASA has successfully altered the path of a celestial body for the first time ever!!!
Why do you care? Because Bruce and Ben might not be available to go blow up that asteroid when it targets Earth!
But, NASA has “nudged” it out of its path with a dart the size and shape of a vending machine.
Thank you, NASA! We need to be saved from both asteroids and vending machines.
Vending machines kill an average of 13 people per year. They are a menace and if you count the sugary death serum they spew, well, it’s a much higher count – let me tell you.
The number of deaths attributed to a meteorite or falling space rock? The number sits between 1,000 and none. Some say 1 in 700,000 is your chance and some say 1 in 1,600,000.
But hey, it could happen. Dinosaurs, remember?
Peace and love.