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Autonomous Trucking Made Simple

A 10-camera, Nvidia-GPU powered, autonomous trucking solution on commercially available trucks is what Tu Simple demonstrated at CES2018. The cameras are tuned for short and long-range vision and the trucks will operate depot to depot, primarily on freeways.

Although the modified Peterbilt trucks will still have an operator upon commercial launch in late 2018, eventually the driver in a cab may no longer be required. Chuck Price points out that this isn’t about replacing drivers, but making them safer, as well as providing a longer-term solution to the truck-driving solution.

As has been said by others about autonomous vehicles, wireless provides connectivity, but it isn’t necessary for driving. Price indicates wireless will be the mechanism for transmitting telematics data, while old-fashioned sneaker-net (e.g. swapping hard-drives) when a truck is off-line at a service depot will be the method for a complete data download.

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on independent telcos’ efforts to offer video to their customers. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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