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Simon257
Simon257
March 24, 2014 12:54 pm

Hi TD

What happens when the unmanned vehicle starts to have unforeseen problems like this:

http://felixstowedocker.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/container-ship-arnold-maersk-lost-18.html

Or this:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nHCccVDg_hc

Or coping with severe bad weather:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6kfUtEMtinA

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MkJO0SCFQLg

Just a couple of inches of the white stuff can make driving a loaded HGV a nightmare. I’ve been stuck a few times, it took a lot of patience, and all of my knowledge to get my truck free, by myself. Although the last time I got caught a wrecker had to come and drag me out! And skidding on ice, once that happens all you can is pray!!

You will always need the human element, when things go wrong!

S O
S O
March 24, 2014 7:21 pm

There was a technology for an auxiliary-powered towed howitzer (I think the 45cal classic) which was unusually nimble on marhes becuase it learned by cable about the steering of the towing vehicle and reacted accordingly.

I seem to remember an extension of this approach; a truck following another truck in its path, halving the qty of drivers. This was IIRC 1980’s or 1990’s technology.

monkey
monkey
March 25, 2014 2:41 pm
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Here’s a link regarding robot trucks being used in open cast mines in Australia , 500Tonne Robots!

https://medium.com/war-is-boring/bed4b2b5a70a