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    Quote Originally Posted by g1 View Post
    No, more like these guys, who are already out there working in the real world, but we'll just pretend they don't exist.
    I have shared the idea of having robo-convoys of, say, five 18 wheelers led by a human driven truck on the freeways. There are so many crazy drivers on the freeway cutting in and out of lanes that at least for the near future you need a human driver in the lead vehicle. Besides, the robo-trucks would not have to be that smart with just one basic command to process, "I must follow the truck ahead of me." All of the vehicles in the convoy would be communicating with each other remotely so there would be no need for really complicated sensors to avoid any possible unexpected event.

    I would suggest that such convoys have special purple lights to indicate to human drivers to not try to butt in, along with very clear signs indicating what they are.

    I would venture to guess that they could have robo-convoys on the highways within 5 years pending government approval with no added dangers for human drivers. One problem to iron out is how to proceed once off the freeway. I suggested special parking lots near freeway on ramps and off ramps. You would want locking gates so that only robo-vehicles and their handlers could enter, both for security and to make sure that no one was using them as park'n'ride lots.

    Steve A.

    P.S. I uploaded a PDF file of the the article you posted. BTW I've been using these Samsung Tab 4 7.0 tablets for 3+ years and only recently figured out that they can create PDF files of practically any web page in Chrome - I am using the original version of Chrome (40.0.2214.109) that came with the tablet. I believe that later versions dropped that capability.

    I mention that because I have tried all sorts of apps and plugins to avoid paying Adobe $10 or $12 a month to do that. Greedy bastards!

    P.P.S. Within the PDF file there is a note from the Wired site that I only have 3 free articles remaining this month. One way to get around those darned limited access paywalls is to open the link in an incognito tab or browser. Once you close the tab or window your monthly limit is replenished. Shhh... keep it a secret so that they won't catch on!

    .Self-Driving Trucks Are Now Running Between Texas and California | WIRED.pdf

    EDIT: Here is a link to the article about the self-driving convoys led by a human along with a PDF file of it in case you do not want to waste your 4 free articles this month. (Another way to get around limited access paywalls is to use a VPN.)

    .The Army’s Self-Driving Trucks Hit the Highway to Prepare for Battle | WIRED.pdf
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