Developed by a start-up called Starsky Robotics, the driverless vehicle was first tested on Florida roads with no drivers. Although the vehicle does not have any cargo, the driver has reached a speed of about 88 km by driving 16 km.
It is worth mentioning that companies that constantly develop technologies for driverless vehicles such as Uber, Volvo and Tesla have not yet made a test without driver. In addition, Starsky Robotics vehicles are remotely controlled by a centralized system and do not fall into the category of fully artificial intelligence supported autonomous vehicles like other driverless vehicles.
The company defines its goal as establishing a driverless transport company. Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, 29-year-old co-founder and CEO of Starsky Robotics, believes that the 30-person scrap company has an established advantage.
Seltz-Axmacher says that when it comes to driving a vehicle safely, a human intelligence that can make good use of artificial intelligence is more effective than the best artificial intelligence or human. Seltz also states that the technology industry does not give people enough credit and sees the imitation of human intelligence as a distant possibility, even when it is difficult to imitate the intelligence of an animal. Another finding of Seltz is that people show a good reflex in ramps and lane changes, while artificial intelligence is ahead in focusing on the long road.
According to a report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers are retiring and no new young drivers are being replaced. The main reason for this is that young people believe that autonomous vehicles will be blocked by the sector. In short, demography works against the sector.
Seltz-Axmacher says that truck drivers have a complex family life and that their projects are very important because they live away from social life. Seltz says drivers can have more time for themselves and their families by controlling the truck remotely than on the road.