Not to mention basic stuff like daily checks. I've never driven HGVs but got a mate who did haz chem driving after he left the mob and while I know they have to do a load of extra stuff iirc the compulsary daily checks on a HGV run to about 40 points down to mudflap condition and battery etc. Any of which are proved to be incorrect in the event of an incident and its points or bye bye licence. Or being pulled by plod...how would that work with a robot? It cant check itself so you would need some mug to put his HGV (and general driving licence) on the line for the fleet of robots every day...not going to be a role you'd get people doing for buttons. And time wise depots that need to get a lot of units out the gate would have to employ multiple people with HGV licences to do it.
Many hauliers have systems in place where by the vehicle "talks" to the workshop
You stick a large screen t.v. up and you list your fleet green if everything ok, Red for a problem.
If the wagon goes wrong the workshops can interrogate the management system to find out what has gone wrong.
Saves money on sending a fitter out to look at A,C or C
You can also remote monitor brakes and tyre pressures again saves a call out fee as you can schedule a tyre change.
With the right telematics in place you can even tell how much weight is on each axle when the trailer is half the world away.
It doesn't take long for a man to walk round a trailer to inspect it for damage.
We get about £25 - 30k per year of unreported damage where a human has hit something and stayed quiet
I wonder how many of these driverless lorries will be hi-jacked and robbed. I am already looking forward to my first free pizza or curry, via robbing a takeaway drone.
We've had two robbed in the last couple of weeks the run up to Christmas always see's a spike in thefts.
Both drivers in secure parking with CCTV which recorded nothing.
No interest from police except a crime number they never even bothered coming out.
Facilities for safe parking are a joke they're just crime magnets for gangs operating on them
But they will lose out as the driverless wagons will not need to stop for a drivers rest
Hard to rob it when it's charging along at 56 mph.