Driverless lorries

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Driverless lorries

Post by Jamstealer » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:51 pm

Correct. At present, no intention of going driverless. And in fact, under current rules; the " non driving drivers" would still have those hours in the cab recorded as " driving hours" for the purposes of tachographs.
The military options were different: either driverless vehicles to reduce the exposure to casualties; or manned vehicles, with the idea being that the "driver" could be defending the vehicle. Normally in combat zones, vehicles are double manned; the co-driver assisting the driver, being a lookout, and operating a weapon if need be. If the military did this robotic thing, the "driver" can spend time scanning for threats, not just concentrating on driving. And on difficult roads, the driver would still actually drive, but the robotics would take about half his workload away



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Post by wizzard » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:03 pm

OK, so whats the point of having these things in non military life?
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Post by Jamstealer » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:00 pm

Initially; fuel saving; ( constant speed etc, ) safety ; ( convoys, rather than drivers " racing" plus lowering driver fatigue/stress) ; more efficient use of roadspace; ( grouping trucks together on a multilane road at a nearly constant speed makes overall road flow better).

In future, if the system starts working; an aspiration to see " convoy truck only " lanes on motorways to make the road more efficient.
Eventually if the system is proven, it's possible that drivers need not have hands on, in the following trucks, so can rest properly; or even actually go driverless; so that they can either sleep, then drive then drive the side roads properly rested. Or you might have pooled drivers at each end of a motorway; deliver the truck to the motorway, jump out, pick up a truck coming in the other direction and drive it to final destination; the truck he has left goes driverless up the motorway and is picked up by another driver and taken on...

All of this has to be incremental; at present, its only experimental " proofs of principle "

I would not be surprised, in years to come, that all vehicles ( cars etc) entering a motorway, go onto automatic control, you programme your exit, released at that exit. That should regulate flow and increase flow rate; while reducing ( almost eliminating) accidents and jams.

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Driverless lorries

Post by Hal » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:13 pm

It's a brilliant idea....no more following two or even three lorries abreast for miles while they see who has 1bhp more and can get ahead, inch by inch, on the motorway while 50 cars line up behind.....

Sooner the better! :idea:

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