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(Yahoo)   In Texas, driverless trucks are set to wreak carnage in a highway bloodbath, mowing down innocent after innocent, until the Governor is forced to call in Elon Musk to negotiate with the now sentient, renegade killer trucks   (news.yahoo.com) divider line
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2022-01-21 11:16:41 PM  
I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.
 
2022-01-22 12:58:23 AM  
Monty Python: The Killer Cars
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2022-01-22 1:05:50 AM  
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2022-01-22 2:34:30 AM  
"Renegade Killer Trucks" is the name of my C.W. McCall cover band.
 
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2022-01-22 3:55:05 AM  
I don't yet know how I truly feel about driverless cars, but at this juncture, I can assure you that I do not like driverless trucks.  If you need a reason, it's because f*ck that!  At least stick a paid body in there just to be aware!

There are sections of Texas that are decent places to test this stuff out, but they're still busy even as the terrain might be empty and the exits few.  I want to think there are better, more empty/less populated highways elsewhere, but it is what it is.

I wonder how easy it might be to hijack one of these trucks by surrounding it and slowing it down.  I'm sure they've thought of that and some random truck isn't the best target for robbery, but I have questions about the fallibility and ability to coerce.
 
2022-01-22 4:49:20 AM  
Steven King discusses this idea in his book Maximum Overdrive.
 
2022-01-22 6:31:25 AM  

Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.


I've driven through almost all of the states. Iowa is the worst in terms of nothingness.
 
2022-01-22 6:53:20 AM  
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2022-01-22 7:12:22 AM  
Automated trucking is going to make short range network hacking and jamming incredibly lucrative.  And in terms of criminality the lack of a human driver means it's just theft.
 
2022-01-22 7:28:31 AM  
It's Texas.  Will driverless trucks be required to have gun racks with automatic weapons?
 
2022-01-22 7:30:08 AM  
I'm more interested in the musical possibilities. Now Country-Western songs can feature your truck deciding to leave you.
 
2022-01-22 7:34:35 AM  
More serious note: This has been predicted for decades. Trucking would be SOOO much more efficient if we just got rid of those pesky workers who need to get paid and take rest breaks. In just a couple years they will largely be replaced by cheaper automatic vehicles that can be completely utilized while sidelining a couple million Surplus Units of Production.
 
2022-01-22 7:43:20 AM  

Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.


The only 2ish Wisconsin Hwys full of nothing that lasts longer than 30 minutes is 29 and the interstate between Eau Claire and Baraboo. And 51, south of Stevens Point. 41 is packed full from Green Bay to the Illinois border. And 10 in an ancient mess full of small towns as main street. Thank god they rerouted 10 in Point to Appelton. 66 is aggravating.
 
2022-01-22 7:51:13 AM  

Peach_Fuz: Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.

I've driven through almost all of the states. Iowa is the worst in terms of nothingness.


The haul to Des Moines IS pretty boring.
 
2022-01-22 7:52:34 AM  
I heard that planned parenthood is hiding abortion clinics in driverless trucks so they can't be found as easily.
 
2022-01-22 7:58:47 AM  
Driverless trucks, like fully automated cars, are only 20 years away. Perpetually.

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2022-01-22 8:17:31 AM  

Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.


I bet that's a deliberate choice directed at the inevitable future liability lawsuits for when a driverless truck kills someone.
 
2022-01-22 8:24:52 AM  

433: I don't yet know how I truly feel about driverless cars, but at this juncture, I can assure you that I do not like driverless trucks.  If you need a reason, it's because f*ck that!  At least stick a paid body in there just to be aware!

There are sections of Texas that are decent places to test this stuff out, but they're still busy even as the terrain might be empty and the exits few.  I want to think there are better, more empty/less populated highways elsewhere, but it is what it is.

I wonder how easy it might be to hijack one of these trucks by surrounding it and slowing it down.  I'm sure they've thought of that and some random truck isn't the best target for robbery, but I have questions about the fallibility and ability to coerce.


Not sticking a paid body in there is probably on purpose. It'll be much cheaper and the drivers wouldn't be paying much attention anyway.

Plus, this way everyone gets to try and dodge liability when the truck kills someone by claiming that they weren't the operator under current laws.
 
2022-01-22 8:25:14 AM  
As I was getting on the highway to get to my sister who had been in a wreck last night, I watched a tractor trailer jack-knife and tear up the back of an SUV. I wonder how these self-driving trucks are going to react.

/sister was ok, got hit by a different tractor trailer and pushed into the rail
//nc dot is farking negligent for what happened last night
 
2022-01-22 8:25:20 AM  

qorkfiend: Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.

I bet that's a deliberate choice directed at the inevitable future liability lawsuits for when a driverless truck kills someone.


It will still be Texas so I think that you damaged a corporation's truck while it was killing you so pay up.
 
2022-01-22 8:25:28 AM  
Eighteen year olds are driving eighteen wheelers across the country these days. And a lot of them only have one eye. At least that's what I heard on Fark. I'm warming up to the idea of robot trucks.
 
2022-01-22 8:38:22 AM  

Spectrum: Eighteen year olds are driving eighteen wheelers across the country these days. And a lot of them only have one eye. At least that's what I heard on Fark. I'm warming up to the idea of robot trucks.


One eye, in the middle of their forehead.  They're defective clones.  They're dumbed down for the boring job, but how do they drive?  Nobody knows.
 
2022-01-22 8:42:25 AM  

Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.


Tesla has nothing to do with the article or self-driving trucks.
 
2022-01-22 9:04:41 AM  
Heh, subby thinks the governor gives a damn about people being killed in Texas.
 
2022-01-22 9:07:08 AM  

Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.


There are some places in south east Texas that are nice to drive through, if you stay off the highways. Same for hill country in central Texas.
 
2022-01-22 9:10:21 AM  

anuran: More serious note: This has been predicted for decades. Trucking would be SOOO much more efficient if we just got rid of those pesky workers who need to get paid and take rest breaks. In just a couple years they will largely be replaced by cheaper automatic vehicles that can be completely utilized while sidelining a couple million Surplus Units of Production.


IMO the best part of the movie Logan was the driverless trucks that they had to avoid. They didn't make a big deal out of it or have any exposition, it was just something in the background.
 
2022-01-22 10:04:43 AM  

433: I don't yet know how I truly feel about driverless cars, but at this juncture, I can assure you that I do not like driverless trucks.  If you need a reason, it's because f*ck that!  At least stick a paid body in there just to be aware!

There are sections of Texas that are decent places to test this stuff out, but they're still busy even as the terrain might be empty and the exits few.  I want to think there are better, more empty/less populated highways elsewhere, but it is what it is.

I wonder how easy it might be to hijack one of these trucks by surrounding it and slowing it down.  I'm sure they've thought of that and some random truck isn't the best target for robbery, but I have questions about the fallibility and ability to coerce.


you can do that to hijack non-driverless trucks too. doubt the slave inside cares to defend the cargo with his life
 
2022-01-22 10:05:02 AM  
Why is anything related to robots "SCARY" for Westerners?
 
2022-01-22 10:06:15 AM  
There is no reason a driverless truck needs to look like a regular truck.  All it needs is an engine, gas tank, and wheels.

If the picture in the article is what passes for a "driverless" truck, they are simply planning for failure.  FFS, have some faith in your own abilities!
 
2022-01-22 10:15:42 AM  
ITT: Luddites
 
2022-01-22 10:16:07 AM  
Metal Dale - King of the Hill YouTube Poop (YTP)
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yep. yep, hmmmmm
 
2022-01-22 10:28:19 AM  
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2022-01-22 10:28:43 AM  
They've got a lot riding on this. A couple of fatal accidents and they will be set back decades. There will be accidents.
 
2022-01-22 10:30:53 AM  
I look forward to empty truck after empty truck arriving at its destination because mad max road pirates were able to climb on and steal the cargo without human intervention.
 
2022-01-22 10:33:16 AM  
Elon Musk is turning into a bona fide Jean Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg.
 
2022-01-22 10:41:15 AM  
As someone who does 750-1000 miles a week on Houston highways as a mobile tech, I really don't see how they could be much worse.  Some of the stuff I see every day makes me wonder if the drivers are even licensed to operate a rig.

Case in point:  see the little car sized U turn lane right before this intersection in Kingwood?

U turn lane

I got stuck in traffic there because the idiot trucker thought he could get a full length rig turned around through the u turn lane.  I guess the idiot didn't realize that the rear wheels cut a different path through a turn than the front wheels.  Yes, the rear tires of the trailer are hanging in the air.

I see shiat like this on a very regular basis.


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2022-01-22 10:41:19 AM  
Why do they need to be autonomous?  Just link Desert Bus VR and Euro Truck Simulator to the trucks and get drivers for free.
 
2022-01-22 10:48:45 AM  

Peach_Fuz: Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.

I've driven through almost all of the states. Iowa is the worst in terms of nothingness.


Lot of folks out walking around though.
 
2022-01-22 10:59:44 AM  

Atomic Jonb: There is no reason a driverless truck needs to look like a regular truck.  All it needs is an engine, gas tank, and wheels.

If the picture in the article is what passes for a "driverless" truck, they are simply planning for failure.  FFS, have some faith in your own abilities!


Why. There will be times it will needed to be operated manually. They might often also have a passenger who isn't doing the driving, but there as a security guard and portable maintenance. The real cost savings is that the human won't need to regularly stop to sleep, they can sleep while the truck continues to move.
 
2022-01-22 11:03:51 AM  
I'm just waiting for the inevitable morons who try to rob or vandalize one of these things while in motion. They will make the "steel copper directly from live substations" folks look smart.
 
2022-01-22 11:10:02 AM  
A Roadnet funding bill is passed in the United States Congress, and the system goes online on August 4, 2037, removing human decisions from all trucking. Roadnet begins to learn rapidly and eventually becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m., EDT, on August 29, 2037..
 
2022-01-22 11:12:18 AM  
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Those driverless trucks don't stand a chance.
 
2022-01-22 11:13:55 AM  

scanman61: As someone who does 750-1000 miles a week on Houston highways as a mobile tech, I really don't see how they could be much worse.  Some of the stuff I see every day makes me wonder if the drivers are even licensed to operate a rig.

Case in point:  see the little car sized U turn lane right before this intersection in Kingwood?

U turn lane

I got stuck in traffic there because the idiot trucker thought he could get a full length rig turned around through the u turn lane.  I guess the idiot didn't realize that the rear wheels cut a different path through a turn than the front wheels.  Yes, the rear tires of the trailer are hanging in the air.

I see shiat like this on a very regular basis.


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...how.. how can anybody not know you couldn't pull that off?
 
2022-01-22 11:16:01 AM  

zeroflight222: scanman61: As someone who does 750-1000 miles a week on Houston highways as a mobile tech, I really don't see how they could be much worse.  Some of the stuff I see every day makes me wonder if the drivers are even licensed to operate a rig.

Case in point:  see the little car sized U turn lane right before this intersection in Kingwood?

U turn lane

I got stuck in traffic there because the idiot trucker thought he could get a full length rig turned around through the u turn lane.  I guess the idiot didn't realize that the rear wheels cut a different path through a turn than the front wheels.  Yes, the rear tires of the trailer are hanging in the air.

I see shiat like this on a very regular basis.


[Fark user image image 425x216]

...how.. how can anybody not know you couldn't pull that off?


38 hours on the road, half a kilo of meth, and an itchy pecker from a lot lizard distracted him.
 
2022-01-22 11:20:26 AM  

zeroflight222: scanman61: As someone who does 750-1000 miles a week on Houston highways as a mobile tech, I really don't see how they could be much worse.  Some of the stuff I see every day makes me wonder if the drivers are even licensed to operate a rig.

Case in point:  see the little car sized U turn lane right before this intersection in Kingwood?

U turn lane

I got stuck in traffic there because the idiot trucker thought he could get a full length rig turned around through the u turn lane.  I guess the idiot didn't realize that the rear wheels cut a different path through a turn than the front wheels.  Yes, the rear tires of the trailer are hanging in the air.

I see shiat like this on a very regular basis.


[Fark user image image 425x216]

...how.. how can anybody not know you couldn't pull that off?


Do you think a robot truck would have tried it?
 
2022-01-22 11:24:38 AM  

edmo: They've got a lot riding on this. A couple of fatal accidents and they will be set back decades. There will be accidents.


There are already accidents.  I went to school with four kids who were killed when a large truck tried to make a u turn from the 1 Lane instead of the left turn lane and rolled the back of the trailer over their VW Rabbit. This was when dimmer switches were still on the floor, a very low tech quadruple fatality borne of faulty meatware. Every time an EV catches fire everybody acts all scandalized, as if conventional vehicles never catch fire. Fly by wire was supposed to result in planes dropping out of the sky every day, Russia hijacking them with hackers and all sorts of other histrionic scenarios.  I don't get it, this aversion to a logical step forward. It smacks of monks burning printing presses.
 
2022-01-22 11:29:15 AM  

433: I don't yet know how I truly feel about driverless cars, but at this juncture, I can assure you that I do not like driverless trucks.  If you need a reason, it's because f*ck that!  At least stick a paid body in there just to be aware!

There are sections of Texas that are decent places to test this stuff out, but they're still busy even as the terrain might be empty and the exits few.  I want to think there are better, more empty/less populated highways elsewhere, but it is what it is.

I wonder how easy it might be to hijack one of these trucks by surrounding it and slowing it down.  I'm sure they've thought of that and some random truck isn't the best target for robbery, but I have questions about the fallibility and ability to coerce.


Eh, it objectively seems like the trucks will be safer than humans:

Sensors are more likely to spot a car in the truck's blind spot than a human relying and mirrors and craning their neck.

The computer won't fall asleep.

The computer won't forget to move out of the left lane.

The computer is better at maintaining a safe braking speed and distance between it and the vehicle in front of it.

The computer could shift more of its driving to late night and early AM when there are few vehicles on the road.
 
2022-01-22 11:56:34 AM  

Peach_Fuz: Lsherm: I don't know if anyone here has needed to drive through Texas to get somewhere, but it's even worse than Nebraska. It might even be worse than Wisconsin. There's nothing - NOTHING - for 100+ mile stretches.

That said, I cannot think of a more unholy union of ego and stupid that constitutes Tesla and Texas. If they can figure out how to kill more people with a self-driving truck, this is the perfect experiment.

I've driven through almost all of the states. Iowa is the worst in terms of nothingness.


You haven't been to Nebraska
 
2022-01-22 12:21:52 PM  
433:

I wonder how easy it might be to hijack one of these trucks by surrounding it and slowing it down.  I'm sure they've thought of that and some random truck isn't the best target for robbery, but I have questions about the fallibility and ability to coerce.

Some of those random trucks have pretty expensive cargo - a full truckload of, say, Playstations is over a million dollars. Those trucks have tell tail signs of high value cargo (fancy locks and stuff). Plus, the bad guys know the routes for the most part.
 
2022-01-22 12:37:00 PM  

schnee: 433:

I wonder how easy it might be to hijack one of these trucks by surrounding it and slowing it down.  I'm sure they've thought of that and some random truck isn't the best target for robbery, but I have questions about the fallibility and ability to coerce.

Some of those random trucks have pretty expensive cargo - a full truckload of, say, Playstations is over a million dollars. Those trucks have tell tail signs of high value cargo (fancy locks and stuff). Plus, the bad guys know the routes for the most part.


Or good GPUs.  Or inkjet ink. <insert oblig. national debt joke here.>
 
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