The headline is a gross misstatement of what this innovative startup is trying. They want to write software that makes existing trucks, perhaps with a few sensors added, able to self-drive on the freeways. A trucker will be in the cab at all times. This approach is much more likely to be practical soon; there’s almost no chance that drivers will be eliminated from the cabs of vehicles soon. Politicians and insurance companies won’t have it, nor will the trucking companies themselves; the liability issues are way too daunting.
At the autonomous driving startup Starsky Robotics, the present and future of U.S. employment ride in the same cab.
You may need to log in to see the story. There’s a link to a great podcast in it, an interview with the leader of this company.
Innovation in the self-driving space is definitely to evolve into a standard set that we all will be able to use; the more tries the better, at this stage, to explore the realms of the possible.