NHTSA Debuts Rules For Driverless Vehicles
Those who follow the world of high-tech are likely aware of Google’s real-world testing of autonomous vehicles. While widespread use of this technology is still likely to be several years away, the regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are taking this driverless technology serious enough to have recently issued a statement concerning automated vehicle operation and use.
Truckers have long fantasized about getting rid of the “loose nut behind the wheel” of most four-wheelers, and this type of technology may be the perfect answer. However, it is important to be careful what you wish for. The same sensing and control technology could just as easily be added to all of the electronic hardware in a modern semi truck, potentially replacing the driver.
Wouldn’t that be a hoot? After nearly two decades of micro-managing the HOS rules revision, the whole kit and caboodle could be made obsolete by computers driving trucks on the long haul portion of their routes.