driverless rig

driverless rig

A semi-trailer truck (tractor trailer) that is driverless from the start of the trip to the end. On the highway, the driverless rig is autonomous; however, when it travels on city and side roads, it is driven from a central station by remote drivers with computer screens. Driverless rigs are expected to become mainstream by 2020 and thereafter. How many of the nearly 1.7 million truck drivers in the U.S. will be retrained as drivers at a computer terminal remains to be seen. See driverless car.
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Both Rice and Mitchell said driverless rigs piloted by technology aren't likely to hit the roadways anytime soon, though Rice said a push for "autonomous" technology might bear fruit.
A fleet of these driverless rigs requires "no workers' compensation, no payroll tax, no health-care benefits," James Barrett, the president of a transport company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, told the Journal.