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There was a brief discussion of the coming age of automation in another thread and I thought to give it it's own thread so as to house the discussion so it can be located easily.

 

I believe it is ultimately a good thing. The problem is going to be getting there, from here. There are sure to be many hardships in the journey.

 

TuSimple automated trucks will soon haul freight for Union Pacific Railroad

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Automated trucks will soon begin hauling freight for Union Pacific in one western lane.

 

TuSimple, a global autonomous driving technology company, announced that Union Pacific Railroad, the largest Class I railroad in the U.S., will become the first customer to move freight on TuSimple’s fully-automated trucking route between the Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona metro areas. Union Pacific is leveraging Loup Logistics (Loup), a wholly-owned subsidiary, to coordinate the freight shipment and support seamless movement between rail and the critical first and last mile. Starting this spring, TuSimple plans to carry Driver Out freight for Union Pacific, utilizing groundbreaking AV (autonomous vehicle) technology to deliver goods to their destination faster and more cost-effectively.

 

“Partnering with TuSimple allows us to extend our operations beyond our rail hubs and serve our customers faster and more efficiently,” said Kenny Rocker, Executive Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Union Pacific. “This groundbreaking autonomous driving technology and our partnership provide us a significant opportunity to scale the technology in our network, proactively reducing global supply chain congestion.”

 

Building on its accomplishment of the world’s first Driver Out semi-truck run on December 22, 2021, TuSimple is today reporting an additional six successful fully autonomous runs. The seven total runs covered over 550 cumulative miles on open public roads without a human in the vehicle, without any tele-operation, and without any traffic intervention. Runs were conducted in various roadway conditions, including dense early-evening traffic and “back-to-back” runs on the same night. ...

 

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The biggest problem with automated vehicles right now are people. There's currently no way for a computer to predict what stupid random shit morons in other vehicles are going to do. That's not even getting into pedestrians, drunk drivers, etc.

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5 hours ago, Koko said:

The biggest problem with automated vehicles right now are people. There's currently no way for a computer to predict what stupid random shit morons in other vehicles are going to do. That's not even getting into pedestrians, drunk drivers, etc.

 

And until they figure out how to deal w/ that driverless cars & trucks won't be truly viable.

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