The future of truck driving

The future of truck driving

Technologies made a giant leap forward since the start of the 21st century. One of the main directions of development is the creation of the car that can drive itself, without the help of a human.

Can you imagine a truck that can completely change the whole idea of a truck driver profession.

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Technologies made a giant leap forward since the start of the 21st century. One of the main directions of development is the creation of the car that can drive itself, without the help of a human. Daimler Trucks revealed in public their new invention – a self-driving truck, called the Inspiration Truck – at the Tuesday ceremony at the Hoover Dam in Nevada. It has been told that the vehicle is the first automated car that has a license to be used on US roads.

Daimler's Inspiration Truck

Daimler’s Inspiration Truck

But it is still a lot of work to do before the autonomous cars will appear on public roads as only four US states and the Columbia District have passed the laws that are related to self-driving cars. But representatives of the large truck companies say that it is a situation with no losers as for the company as for the driver that can do other things while the truck is in the autonomous mode.

It’s a win-win situation

– commented Richard Stocking, the representative of Swift Transportation that has nearly 18,000 trucks in their car park.

View from inside the truck

View from inside the truck

Stocking added that when this new technology would be popularized, even college students would be able to operate the trucks as the additional source of income. He also said that the salary of the drivers may increase as they can perform some other duties during the trip.

As companies are searching for the way to lower expenses and be more efficient than before, it is understandable that they would like their trucks to be able to operate without human. But current Nevada rules require a human driver to be in the truck.

Locations of sensors in the Inspiration Truck

Locations of sensors in the Inspiration Truck

Unlike the autonomous car from Google that uses the LIDAR sensor, Daimler’s truck uses cameras and a radar to navigate and drive itself. But, as expected, the Inspiration Truck has technical borders that don’t allow it to drive in severe weather conditions, such as heavy rain or crosswinds on the speed, bigger than 40 mph. At the meantime, Daimler created a special training system for its drivers that would teach them how to operate and control the Inspiration Truck.

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