On the evening of March 21st, CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired a “driverless truck”-themed program. During the show, the host visited TuSimple’s production site. “They are about to become the new king of roads. On the show, host and journalist Jon Wertheim lamented the arrival of change in the road transport industry.
According to Chuck Price, Tucson’s future chief product officer, the company will conduct its first road driverless drill in 2021.
“Tucson’s future driverless systems will not only allow trucks to drive at night, but also perform well on rainy days in some extreme weather conditions,” Chuck Price, Tucson’s future chief product officer, told the panel. “
“How do you do that?” I heard it was some hardware upgrade, didn’t I? “Obviously, this topic has aroused Jon Wertheim’s interest in driverless technology.
“It’s not just a simple hardware upgrade, Tucson will have a separate unmanned system in the future that combines self-developed sensors, advanced lidar and millimeter-wave radars that are connected to a supercomputer that can operate the entire truck to enable the L4-class driverless capabilities.” “
After listening to Chuck Price, chief product officer, the team said they wanted to experience the “technology of the future” for themselves.
“I feel like I’m on a roller coaster, ” says Jon Wertheim excitedly after wearing his seatbelt, adding that in order not to miss any details of the experience, the crew installed multiple cameras on Tucson’s future driverless truck, in their words, “more than NASA installed on the Apollo moon landing.”
Jon Wertheim’s first experience of driverless mode began after a “unmanned mode start- ” instruction sounded under the staff.
In choosing the experience route, Tucson’s future schedule of daily assignments in Tucson, Arizona, is about 65 miles long, which also makes the experience more intuitive. But just as the experience was in progress, Tucson’s future driverless truck ran into a minor problem – “barbaric gese. “
“That car just was going to be stuffed!” Jon Wertheim said, pointing to the car that was suddenly changing lanes.
“Yes, we’ve just been stuffed. “
“But the truck didn’t sound its horn, was it out of driverless mode?” “
“No, we’ve been in driverless mode, but Tucson’s future driverless systems are smarter than humans, and can anticipate such behavior in advance and make rapid adjustments.” “In the face of Jon Wertheim’s problems, Explains Chuck Price, Tucson’s future chief product officer.
Towards the end of the experience, the program team interviewed Maureen Fitzgerald, a security guard who had been sitting in the driving position. (Aunt Maureen also left the original YouTube episode of The Age of A.I.
Maureen Fitzgerald, an “old driver” with more than 30 years of driving experience, is now a future safety officer in Tucson.
“I heard you call these trucks your ‘kids’?” Do you think these ‘kids’ are good? “Jon Wertheim asked her, “Yes, these ‘kids’ are smarter than the human brain, they can handle things my brain can’t handle, and I can see farther than I can, and they’re even 15 times faster than me.” “
For Maureen Fitzgerald, being a part of Tucson’s future is a lucky one. But there are also some different voices. These voices will come from the group of freight drivers, as well as from the public.
While technology brings us a more convenient and efficient living environment, we often hear about privacy issues, replacing labor and other issues. Tucson believes that these voices themselves, to a certain extent, also promote the combination of technology and commercialization, technology and laws and regulations, to a better direction.
Driverless is only a technology in itself, which affects the way of production, which in turn affects the way production is organized. And the organization changes, the entire industrial chain will be restructured, a new mode of cooperation was born, and ultimately affect the industry. Therefore, it is a long way to influence the industry from technology, not overnight.
At the end of the show, host Jon Wertheim asks an interesting question: “When we talk about the marking event in the transportation industry, we think of the internal combustion engine replacing the carriage.” What does the advent of driverless cars mean for the transportindustry industry? “