Platoons Of Self-Driving Trucks Drove Across Europe

The Future Is Here

The Future Is Here

I guess with all of the modern technoogy we have our hands on, plus futuristic movies and games, etc, it isn't too difficult to imagine a world where us humans just aren't that important to the continuation of the world. I mean, we never were really, but there seems to be an ever-increasing number of things that the modern world takes for granted that no longer require people to operate them. And this looks like it could be the next...

Self-Driving Trucks

Self-Driving Trucks

Already, we have far more sophisticated trucks and buses which have computers controlling a large part of the funtionality - things which used to be taken care of by the driver. But no longer is that the case given that a computer can do it more effectively and cheaper, of course.

Google Collision

Google Collision

There will always be teething problems - think Google's recent mishap which saw one of their own autonomous cars have a bit of a scrap with a bus - but there's accidetns anyway, and i would suggest that there could be far less with computer-controleld vehicles....and, like we mentioned, the main thing for the bsuinesses operating them is that they can be run more efficiently and save cash.

Not Just Google and Tesla

Not Just Google and Tesla

It's not just Google and Tesla who are doing all the autonomous driving. A recent event saw trucks by manufacturers Volvo, Daimler, Iveco, MAN, DAF and Scania, all take part in an autonomous drive from all over Europe to meet up in Rotterdam, according to the Guardian.

Platoon

Platoon

The computers on board the vehicles let them negotiate traffic and changing conditions (albeit with a person behind the wheel just in case - for the record, nothing went wrong and the humans on board all remained mere passegners). Also, WiFi routers let the vehicles communicate, allowing them to drive in-sync as a "platoon".