Self-Driving Tractor-Trailers Will Be Tested In Virginia
The concept of self-driving vehicles has always made me a bit uneasy, even though the technology today is advancing far enough to pull it off.
According to WIVB, Daimler Trucks is teaming up with Torc Robotics for this new self-driving program. They will begin test drives for self-driving tractor-trailers in Virginia.
But this doesn't mean that the trucks will be fully automated during testing -- an engineer will be overseeing it and a fully-trained safety driver will be in the big rig, while the test runs are taking place.
They've been testing on a closed-loop course before taking these out on the streets and thruways.
“Bringing Level 4 trucks to the public roads is a major step toward our goal to deliver reliable and safe trucks for the benefits of our customers, our economies and society,” Daimler Board Member Martin Daum says.
What do you think about self-driving tractor-trailers?