The CBS television program "Sixty Minutes" included a segment Sunday evening (Aug. 23rd) on driverless trucks. The big rigs are already being tested in some locations across the country, and it appears likely that the trucks driven by computers instead of human drivers will become a reality--it's not a question of 'if' but of 'when.'
Cars and trucks are already being driven by computers, but currently they are required also to have a human driver who can take control if needed.
It wasn't a big rig, but a Tesla automobile that had a mishap early Wednesday that could have been much, much worse.
According to Raleigh tv reports (WRAL-TV) the Raleigh doctor was watching a movie on his cellphone while his car drove itself.
A Nash County deputy was conducting an overnight lane closure on US 64 near Spring Hope. Nearby, a Highway Patrolman was investigating a crash. The Tesla collided with deputy's car first, which then was pushed into the State Highway Patrol car from the impact.
"Luckily, the state trooper pushed our deputy out of the way when he heard the tires squall and in an instant we could have lost a life or several lives. It could have been very horrific," said Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.