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Offline Daffodil

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Driverless Trucks
« on: August 25, 2017, 14:37:59 PM »
I wonder how the driver less trucks they are talking about trialling on the British roads would work. I would have thought they would be useful going across the Australian outback but not through leafy Suffolk lanes! Even on our motorways they would be awful I personally think. What if the driver in the lead made a mistake!



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Re: Driverless Trucks
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 16:23:55 PM »
The trials are going to be on motorways only with drivers in all 3 vehicles but with the lead driver in control. Personally I can't see it working. There are too many variables and things to go wrong.

A number of questions on legal matters haven't been addressed yet. i.e. these vehicles will be closely tailgating for aerodynamic reasons, yet tailgating for normal vehicles is illegal. Also, who is responsible in the event of either the 2nd or 3rd vehicle in the convoy having an accident ?

In the event of a breakdown or tyre blow-out, they're going to have to find 150+ feet of motorway hardshoulder on which to stop. It'll cause even more chaos than before on a "smart" motorway.

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Re: Driverless Trucks
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017, 18:09:01 PM »
What if the driver in the lead made a mistake!

What if the lead driver was a woman!

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 18:12:16 PM »
Obviously, it would be a total success!  ;)

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 18:17:40 PM »
Obviously, it would be a total success!   ;)
But some man would "lose" the results.

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2017, 18:24:17 PM »
So true, Colwyn, so true.   :)

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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2017, 19:13:29 PM »
For long journeys perhaps we could connect all the following wagons and just have the front one motorised.

For safety, we could have specilly built roadways connecting towns and cities and major distribution hubs - but with rails.

We could call it "the permanent way".

It would ease traffic on the roads for cars and smaller delivery vans.


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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2017, 19:17:13 PM »
Bit of a wild-eyed dreamer are you Stuart? It's just fantasy, man.

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2017, 22:24:49 PM »
 
For long journeys perhaps we could connect all the following wagons and just have the front one motorised.

For safety, we could have specilly built roadways connecting towns and cities and major distribution hubs - but with rails.

We could call it "the permanent way".

It would ease traffic on the roads for cars and smaller delivery vans.



Don't we have this already. Think we call it a railway!   :)

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Re: Driverless Trucks
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2017, 22:38:13 PM »
Or maybe you already knew this Stuart T   ;)




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