As one person can operate two trucks at the same time?
In 2018 on the roads of Norway started driving truck at Volvo, in which there is no driver - manage a huge machine was completely entrusted to the computer. He successfully carrying limestone mined at the mine to the port with a cargo ship, but if the company used just two autonomous truck, freight would be carried out much faster. Unfortunately, due to the high risk of accident, the company has not yet decided to produce on the road from some of unmanned machines. But why it and other companies do not give one the driver to control several trucks? After all, this technology already exists.
The technology is called Automated Follow, and its developer is a US company Peloton. We already wrote about it in 2014 - when it introduced a system that allows autonomous trucks follow manned truck, keeping between a 10-meter distance. At that time, the technology was not perfect, because it is only to regulate the speed and for turning respond sitting behind the wheel drivers. Now, after as much as 5 years, the system has learned to turn their own.
Thanks to the system of Automated Follow, the driver of the truck is able to manage an entire column of huge machines. The essence of technology lies in the fact that following use their sensors to a complete repetition of the maneuvers of the leader of the main truck machines. While riding they keep distance and rotates, and when the driver presses the head of the machine on the brake pedal - obediently stopped. It sounds interesting, but there is a question - how to behave in the autopilot if between trucks protisnetsya any passenger car? And like other members of the movement will know that all the cars in the convoy is strictly repeat the first movement?
With Automated Follow, trucks can keep a distance between
At the moment, the company is experiencing a technology only two trucks, but in the future so that you can manage entire columns. Besides the fact that the use of multiple truck makes it easier to transport goods, this approach saves fuel. The fact is that when driving with the wind resistance is facing only the main truck and moving him up against the car is practically not exposed to the oncoming flow. Due to reduced load, they can save 7 to 10% of the fuel.
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Truck the Tesla
I wonder if heard about this technology Elon Musk? His electric Tesla Semi truck is still at the development stage, but already in 2020 it should go on sale. However, the company Tesla, this approach is unlikely to interest, because it is in full has been developing a system autonomous driving. She seems to be so reliable that will be the main feature of the taxi service by Elon Musk. Just imagine - you ordered a taxi and come to you a car without a driver. It sounds interesting, but is it safe?
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