Driverless Truck Test Falls Flat, LIVE Stream Viewers Sound Off
Tampa, Florida – A local Tampa news outlet live streamed an autonomous truck test Monday morning along the elevated reversible lanes of the Selmon Expressway, and viewers sounded off about what they saw and didn’t see.
It wasn’t the great television spectacle news executives were hoping. In fact, not much of anything happened.
The truck began to operate westbound at a slow rate of speed a few times only to stop after traveling a short distance.
“We think they are practicing for typical I-4 stop and start traffic,” the news broadcaster said. “We’re sure they are doing it as part of the test.”
After about an hour the news crew gave up.
The tests will be continuing Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to WFLA.
A professional driver is required to be in the truck in case of an emergency during the testing.
According to its website, Starsky Robotics says it is “working to make trucks autonomous on the highway and remote controlled by drivers for the first and last mile.”
Further, Starsky says, “Our trucks will make roads safer while giving drivers meaningful work close to their homes and families.”
In this 2018 video, Starsky CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, lays out why he believes driverless trucks are needed and why it will make the roads safer.
Viewers of the live stream reacted in real-time. Here is a cross-section of some of their opinions.