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Freightliner Cascadia Evolution series production model, thousands of which can be seen on US roads. And it is approved for autonomous driving on public highways in Nevada.
Secondly, in order to take pressure off the drivers and make their job more attractive by assigning them other tasks. Last but not least, the total cost of ownership (TCO) plays an important role in the transport industry. The high degree of automation lowers the TCO even further.
The company, a division of German automaker Damiler AG, also said it will pour about $3 billion into research and development this year and next. That includes about $600 million on automated driving features and advance technology such as electric drivetrains.
Daimler is looking to develop trucks that can operate with Level 4 autonomous capability and could be ready for sales to fleets in about five years, executives said. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a Level 4 autonomous vehicle as one that can drive itself in most situations, with some exceptions, such as weather or construction, where a human may need to take control.
The upcoming worldwide workforce reckoning that artificial intelligence is expected to bring will happen much sooner than many experts predict, the former president of Google China told CNBC on Monday.
"Robots are clearly replacing people jobs. They're working 24 by 7. They are more efficient. They need some programming. But one programer can program 10,000 robots."
"We need to redefine the idea of work ethic for the new workforce paradigm. The importance of a job should not be solely dependent on its economic value but should also be measured by what it adds to society." "We should also reassess our notion that longer work hours are the best way to achieve success," he concluded.
Take a chill pill.
In China, autonomous trucking is coming faster than expected. Chinese driverless truck startup Fabu Technology said June 12 that its driverless trucks already have taken part in open road tests and it plans to offer intercity cargo transportation this year, which is expected to radically reshape the nation’s freight transportation market.
“Our self-driving truck is expected to achieve intercity cargo transportation this year, within-city freight delivery by 2019 and interprovince delivery by 2020,” said He Xiaofei, founder and CEO of Fabu, who was also former senior deputy president and a top self-driving expert of Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing.
The trucks that roam the highways of the Australian outback are a lot bigger than the average 18-wheeler. Instead of towing one container, these road trains, as Australians refer to them, pull at least three self-tracking semitrailers behind them, which follow each other like train carriages. The trailers are packed with heavy goods—cattle, gas, coal, cars—and sent roaring through the continent’s interior to deliver supplies to coastal cities.
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originally posted by: toysforadults
a reply to: watchitburn
Take a chill pill.
Maybe you should reread your own post before talking about being combative.
It's a debate forum and I have made several threads relating to automation and I get that argument in every one. Maybe you need to chill out buddy.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: toysforadults
Freightliner and Daimler may plan that, but the guys that buy the trucks just saw their orders tank in the last month or so for the first time in several years. The trucking bubble is in danger of going, and if that happens, they're not going to be spending large amounts of money on systems that are going to require major changes in the near future. The talk from multiple companies and trucking organizations is largely that it's not going to happen soon.
originally posted by: Puppylove
a reply to: toysforadults
Yeah, note my last paragraph. Will likely still remain underpaid and result in simply more elderly being taken advantage of and abused since the opportunities are both easy and constant. If I weren't honest and caring the crap I could get away with is absurd.
I can't imagine how much worse it would be if most aides were in the industry because it was the only job available and not because they care.