Watch for Self-Driving Trucks on the Road
We have all heard the gossip about self-driving trucks, but most of us think that’s a worry that we can put off for a long time to come. The future, however, appears to have come early, and there is a trucking company out there that is ready to put self-driving, or autonomous, big rigs on our roads this year. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s time to reach out to an experienced Sarasota truck accident attorney.
According to IEEE
According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ SPECTRUM, the startup called TuSimple, which is based in San Diego, is gearing up to launch autonomous trucks in 2021. These self-driving trucks are designed to do it all – from pickup to delivery – without a truck driver (or anyone else) on board. While major players like Tesla, Cruise, and Uber have made a lot of noise about the driverless cars that they are preparing to flood our roadways with, driverless trucks seem to have gotten the jump on them. The impact of these self-driving wonders is almost certain to be profound.
TuSimple is attempting to get out ahead of other contenders by combining its proprietary technology with highly strategic partnerships that include Navistar – a truck manufacturer – and UPS – the mega shipper. TuSimple is already conducting depot to depot truck runs on the ground in both Texas and Arizona with what is known as supervised autonomy, which means that an experienced truck driver remains in the cab and that he or she is ready to take the wheel if the need should arise.
It’s Not Surprising that Autonomous Trucks Are Debuting before Cars
Trucks and cars both depend upon the same types of technology to go it alone. However, while it may seem counter-intuitive, trucks are actually better suited for moving ahead of smaller vehicles in the race to autonomy for all of the following reasons:
- Semis generally travel fixed routes that are more predictable than the myriad routes that cars take.
- Semis generally travel over highways, which are both more predictable and easier to navigate than surface streets.
- Their large size allows semis more computer power and allows the sensors that guide them a more expansive view (due to the massive size of these machines, these sensors can be mounted far higher for a better vantage point).
Turn to an Experienced Sarasota Truck Accident Attorney for the Legal Help You Need
If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a truck accident, you likely face a difficult path toward recovery. This is why the trusted truck accident attorneys at Matthews Injury Law in Sarasota are committed to employing the full force of their impressive experience in pursuit of the compensation to which you are entitled. To learn more about what we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 941-877-5800 today.