Self-Driving Trucks May Come with Hidden Dangers
Did you know that Texas is an autonomous-vehicle-friendly state? This law, allowing driver-less vehicles, isn’t just for passenger vehicles. That privilege is extended to self-driving trucks as well.
It does look like the technology is taking us to a driverless future, but in the meantime, what are the implications? Are self-driving semi trucks safer, or more dangerous, than those with an operator? Are there hidden dangers that people don’t want to talk about?
Let’s take a look as the Car Crash Captain weighs in on this hot topic.
What are the Perks of Self-Driving Trucks?
There are plenty of benefits to having autonomous trucks on the road. While there is still a lot of debate on whether or not they are safer, perks go beyond safety.
Faster Transit Times – Without the need to take breaks, trucks would only need to stop to be refueled and serviced. Transit times would be slashed.
Lower Cost of Shipment – Faster transit and no driver expenses should translate into lower cost to ship goods.
Less Traffic on the Road – Because a driverless vehicle doesn’t care what time of day it is, they can be programed to drive during off-peak hours.
Decreased Semi Truck Accidents – Ideally with smart technology able to avoid wrecks, and driving at off-peak hours, semi truck accidents would decrease.
What are the Pitfalls of Self-Driving Trucks?
There are plenty of downsides to autonomous semi trucks, though. As the technology progresses, these concerns will likely be minimized. But for now, there are big issues that can occur.
Mechanical Failure – What happens if there is a mechanical failure while the truck is driving itself? Will the technology be able to stop the same way a trained driver could?
Increased Semi Truck Accidents – As it is, autonomous vehicles aren’t anywhere near perfect. In fact, it can be argued that there will actually be more wrecks without drivers.
What are the Hidden Risks of Self-Driving Trucks?
Of course, there is the concern that few people want to talk about. As technology changes, so does the potential to abuse that technology.
Just look at how internet access has improved our lives greatly, but also increased identity theft. While it was always a concern, it’s much more prevalent than it ever was in the pre-internet days.
How can self-driving technology be abused? Cyber attacks could hack into the truck computers. Then, with control of these vehicles, criminals may redirect the truck and steal the contents, or turn the 80,000 pound rig into a terrorist weapon.
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