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.

Autonomous and remote controlled technology company, Starsky Robotics, tested its self-driving big rig as it was live streamed by WFLA-TV from high above in their news chopper.

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.

 

 


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  1. All bout tha revenue! how much revenue these trucks will generate, jobs it will create, Generate revenue for tha panhandler/pushr of this junk yes! creating jobs? behind tha desk at unemployment offices yes! thousands of truckstop employees will be jobless along with millions of drivers also, at least for a short while til these automated bombs prove what they truly are,a fatality accident rolling to its next scene, Safety and security have been tossed into tha wind here, for example a living,breathing, thinking, human driver is tested out tha ass, however this automated 80,000lb fatality waitin to happen will be un manned, un controlled, worse of all un concerned about! SMH mark my words this wont last as long as a fart in a fan factory! Its sad it will take folks losing their lives to to prove it.

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