Waymo Semi Robot Could Ship Your Holiday Gifts From Dallas To Houston
The holiday season is upon us and now is the perfect time for those celebrating to send gifts to loved ones. This, naturally, puts a lot of stress on the shipping industry, but in Texas a semi-automatic robot could help alleviate some of that.
Waymo Via is extend its partnership with UPS to move freight with autonomous Class 8 trucks. The company called this a natural next step following the strong and successful partnership it has established to test local delivery.
Over the next few weeks, Waymo will be conducting autonomous testing using its Waymo Via Class 8 trucks, equipped with its fifth-generation Waymo Driver. Trials are scheduled for Texas. Driver Waymo will deliver for UPS’s North American air cargo unit between its Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston facilities.
The company hopes to gain more knowledge about how autonomous driving technology can help improve safety. It will also evaluate the performance of its autonomous and freight delivery system. This knowledge will help Waymo refine its operations in the hopes of one day evolving them.
Waymo Via’s Class 8 testing is based on testing with UPS as well as its other Class 8 testing with several other carriers, including JB Hunt. The company noted that while it is still early days, the partnership with UPS is an example of how it is creating a stand-alone delivery solution that covers trucking and local delivery that provides their customers with security, scalability and flexibility in the business. network.
Ramifications of the Waymo Autonomous Truck Deployment
I think it’s awesome. I really hope they do well, and if they succeed, expand these trials to other more crowded cities that also serve as shipping hubs. As the owner and holder of a few Tesla shares, I also believe this will help allay fears about self-driving vehicles.
On the other hand, it is a bit sad, because the trucking industry is a major provider of jobs for many drivers. We will eventually need solutions to the significant job losses in this sector, but we all know how difficult it can be to achieve such political solutions.
However, security is important here. I remember one time when I was on a Greyhound bus and we all panicked because a driver of a SAIA truck had his feet on the wheel.
Colombo Law shared an interesting item dedicated to semi-trailer accident statistics. Some key points from this article, all of which are supported by data from government agencies, include:
- Truck crashes account for around 6.5% of total crashes.
- Truck accidents represent double the percentage of fatal accidents.
- Most of these accidents happen on highways and major roads.
Some of the causes of these crashes included impaired driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving and aggressive driving. It should also be noted that sometimes truck drivers are not the only ones who may be responsible for an accident. Sometimes it’s the other pilots. In a case of road rage, which can also lead to accidents, a church pastor pulled on an 18 wheeler on I-10 here in Baton Rouge. The pastor caused a minor accident, drew his gun and started shooting; strike the front of the trailer. Then he fled. It shows that sometimes things beyond our control do happen. Fortunately, in this case, no one was injured.
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