Heavy-duty trucks slowly hauling sci-fi into reality with testing of autonomous rigs

Several truck manufacturers, including Daimler, are working to bring autonomous heavy-duty trucks to the U.S. and other parts of the world. (Courtesy: Daimler)

Almost anyone who grew up in the U.S. in the 1960s or later will remember watching television series and cartoons that showed visions of life in the future. High-tech cars were often part of the storyline, such as The Jetsons’ flying car or KITT, the AI-driven Pontiac Trans Am that assisted hero Michael Knight in his fight against injustice in “Knight Rider.”

But all that took place in the future, or in some alternate universe, right? Not necessarily.
Progress in artificial intelligence exploded in the last decade, and AI “assistants” such as…

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