A California-based startup wants to bring
driverless big-rig trucks to Needles, Barstow, and other locales along I-5.
Anthony Levandowski envisions a fleet of 18-wheelers that are like commercial
airliners: a human driver handles cargo pick-up and drop-off, but when
the truck is on the open road, a robot driver takes over. His San Francisco
company, Otto, already has outfitted three big rigs with sensor arrays
and employs about 40 people; most of them were formerly with the Google
driverless car program and other similar initiatives.
Mr. Levandowski now wants to find about 1,000 truck driver volunteers who
will outfit their rigs, at no cost to them, with an autopilot feature.
Full rollout is probably still several decades away, but the day is drawing closer.
Trucker Traffic Tickets
Regardless of who, or what, is behind the wheel, peace officers in California
have their eyes on large trucks, and are anxious to issue violations for:
Overweight: Roadside inspectors do not always give drivers an opportunity to offload
some cargo or shift their loads before writing citations.
Speeding: Unless they start slowing down well in advance, it is almost impossible
for trucks to comply with sudden changes in the speed limit, like the
one that occurs at the Nevada-California border.
Improper Lane: It is also difficult to maneuver a fully-loaded truck, especially in
moderate or heavy traffic, so it is not always easy to stay in the designated
Truckers accumulate points at a 50 percent greater rate than non-commercial
drivers and are normally ineligible for traffic school.
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