Six vehicle manufacturers just proved that self-driving trucks are perfectly capable of driving across a whole continent. These companies, including Volvo an
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The video is pretty boring to watch, but shows the evidence and the fact that these trucks did in fact drive across Europe and that they started in different locations but were able to connect up and take advantage of the slipstream effect of platooning.
In many parts of the world, including mine, there is a shortage of truck drivers. In some parts of the world that may not be a problem in future.
I still have major concerns about safety, but when a large percentage of truck crashes are the result of driver fatigue or driver error and the measures against those are restrictions on the number of hours a driver can operate a vehicle, this has huge implications on safety and freight productivity.
Europe does have some great freeways and they also have attributes and rules some countries don’t have. They have truck lanes. They have fast lanes that are specifically for overtaking, we don’t have those in New Zealand. But they have narrow roads and we have winding roads. I have no doubt they are working on dealing with obstacles. There is also that random influence called ‘people’ in other vehicles.
I have to say though, that I am very impressed with this example that driverless trucks are a viable solution for the future. There are many obstacles to cross, but the speed with which we are doing it is phenomenal.