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Your nephew needs to stop listening to the pie-in-the-sky dreamers in Silicon Valley.
There are no "driverless trucks" on American roads right now, with the exception of limited test vehicles (which are still required to have safety drivers). The NHTSA just gave the first approval for driverless road vehicles of any kind to a company doing deliveries in Houston, and their vehicles aren't even on the road yet, so there's no way that driverless trucks will be on the highways in any kind of numbers within five years.
Long-haul trucking, ironically, is one of the places I do expect automation to make big inroads (largely thanks to a lack of available drivers), but I see it more as one driver leading a caravan of automated trucks slaved to his rig.
Even if we assumed that the technical problems could be overcome by technology (which is highly questionable), there's still a yuuuuge problem that's far more difficult to solve--liability. If a driverless vehicle is involved in a collision, who's liable? The company that owns the vehicle? The company that operates it? The company that made it? The company that made the control systems? The company that wrote the software?
And then there's the regulatory environment. Hoo boy, talk about getting stuck in the briar patch...
I mean, there's no doubt that driverless vehicles are coming, it's just that they won't be here in any significant numbers in the near future, IMHO.
Pretty sure you'll find they have a CDL so they can legally drive the truck when something goes awry.AKA- Sitters in case something goes awry..
It would be tough staying alert when your not in control of the vehicle. Real tough.Pretty sure you'll find they have a CDL so they can legally drive the truck when something goes awry.
Not that having a safety driver necessarily means all that much. Just ask the dead woman who got hit by a "driverless" Uber last year when the safety driver failed to pay attention...