We May See Self-Drive Big Rigs Before Self-Drive Cars

Robotic long-haul truck rigs may be on the road before self-drive cars appear in any numbers. This would be a potential saving for hauling companies, at least for highway routes and once the technology has been established.
The one problem for all these players is that—for the time-being at least—truck drivers will still need to take over when the vehicles enter built-up areas, and technically they’ll need to be in control when a truck is driving on the highway. That means that automated trucks won’t be able to drive longer than a person would.
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