Should we cut to the chase and just call them self-crashing cars? Uber got a lot of unwanted attention on April 1, 2018, when one of its self-driving Volvo XC90s on a road test fatally struck a pedestrian in Tempe, AZ. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle across Mill […]

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  1. Glad to see someone have an alternate view on this subject. When I get someone telling me that truck drivers are going to get replaced by self driving trucks I point out that the truck, with a load of beer that crossed the country was surrounded by an entire entourage to prevent anyone from cutting in front of the truck. Why? Per Federal regulations a driver has to maintain one second of distance for every 10 feet of length plus another second for each 10 mph over 50 mph plus another second for unusual loads/weather/environment. So the proper following distance for a 70′ truck at 60 mph at night would be 9 seconds. I had one driver respond that to maintain that distance in Los Angeles “he’d have to be driving backwards.” What a truck driver on the freeway usually sees is just the roof of something that just cut in front of the truck. So the truck would slow to re-create the distance and that would cause cars to continue to cut in front of the truck until it would be completely stopped. Then, given the 0 to 60 time of a class 8 truck being in the 1 1/2 minute area there would likely be vehicles cutting in front of it more than before.But I digress. Now Bluetooth connectivity would be useful. Announcing that a vehicle many cars ahead has stopped/slowed or that a vehicle approaching at a perpendicular angle is not likely to stop, that would be good IMHO.

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