Thursday, October 12th 2017

Deutsche Post DHL First Adopter of NVIDIA's Self-driving Truck Tech

Germany's national postal service Deutsche Post, which also runs one of the world's biggest private logistics firms under the DHL brand, will be the first adopter of NVIDIA's self-driving truck technology. Deutsche Post envisions a near-future in which self-driving vehicles reach the sender's address to pick-up packages (the sender probably inserts the package into an automated machine), after which the truck drives itself to the nearest hub (or the receiver, if they're within the truck's service area). Package deliveries, too, will be handled by automated trucks that vend-out packages to receivers curbside, upon some authentication.

Self-driving urban trucks present an easier way to implement self-driving tech than passenger cars or robo-taxis, as the vehicle [probably] isn't carrying human lives. It only has to care for the human lives on the street. Trucks can also be slower moving vehicles, as they lack the agility of cars. DHL's first self-driving trucks will be retrofitted with self-driving hardware from ZF Friedrichshafen (ZF), which will put NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus artificial-intelligence drive-computer in the "driver's seat." Given that Drive PX Pegasus will fall in the hands of ZF only by late-2018, one can expect the first automated DHL trucks on the streets only after implementation and rigorous testing. We expect that to be around 2020, if not later.

Source: Nu.nl
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14 Comments on Deutsche Post DHL First Adopter of NVIDIA's Self-driving Truck Tech

#1
P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
IMO I think these self-driving cars/trucks will become a problem on the roads.
I see accidents coming....
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Durvelle27
P4-630 said:
IMO I think these self-driving cars/trucks will become a problem on the roads.
I see accidents coming....
But machines drive better than real people
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P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
Durvelle27 said:
But machines drive better than real people
Ok... As long as they don't fail for some reason....(and that can be many reasons IMO)
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Durvelle27
P4-630 said:
Ok... As long as they don't fail for some reason....(and that can be many reasons IMO)
I’ll trust tech before people they fail all the time :roll:
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P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
Durvelle27 said:
I’ll trust tech before people they fail all the time :roll:
:pMistakes happen, especially with software.
A while ago I on TV I saw a few self-driving cars fail, I'm sure there is lots of information about that on the internet.
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Durvelle27
P4-630 said:
:pMistakes happen, especially with software.
A while ago I on TV I saw a few self-driving cars fail, I'm sure there is lots of information about that on the internet.
Man where i live we have over 10 car crashes a day. Our crash rate jumped 20% in the last 6 months

The rate of self driven failure is less than that sadly

So yes i put my trust in a machine before i will ever people.
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the54thvoid
There are normally at least two people involved in a fatal car crash; the dead person and the killer. Even with an unforeseeable accident the 'killer' gets a life of guilt. All this 'machines might fail' hysteria fails to recognise they will fail far less than humans. Yes, there will be deaths but far less than with human error.

So what's better? Robots please.
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mouacyk
Most people who have a great fear of self-driving AI don't understand how their own brain works. Driving is a focused task and humans suck at focusing. Once trained sufficiently, an AI never loses focus, doesn't get distracted, doesn't get tired, etc... Will there be scenarios it won't handle gracefully? A properly trained AI will make the best attempts to evade, decelerate or stop in those situations whereas a person will panic and do something stupid, like swerving out of control. 100% isn't the goal until all cars are self-driving and can communicate. Any improvement is still an improvement overall vs humans.
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phanbuey
mouacyk said:
Most people who have a great fear of self-driving AI don't understand how their own brain works. Driving is a focused task and humans suck at focusing. Once trained sufficiently, an AI never loses focus, doesn't get distracted, doesn't get tired, etc... Will there be scenarios it won't handle gracefully? A properly trained AI will make the best attempts to evade, decelerate or stop in those situations whereas a person will panic and do something stupid, like swerving out of control. 100% isn't the goal until all cars are self-driving and can communicate. Any improvement is still an improvement overall vs humans.
Agreed... human drivers are the deadliest thing i have to deal with on a daily basis.

auto.http://fortune.com/2017/02/15/traffic-deadliest-year/

40,000 people dead in 1 year from stupidity.

Now if we can only get a robot to follow people around and slap processed food out of their hands, we may be onto something.
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Durvelle27
phanbuey said:
Agreed... human drivers are the deadliest thing i have to deal with on a daily basis.

auto.http://fortune.com/2017/02/15/traffic-deadliest-year/

40,000 people dead in 1 year from stupidity.

Now if we can only get a robot to follow people around and slap processed food out of their hands, we may be onto something.
Here it's stupid phones vs food
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#11
Prince Valiant
Call me a geezer or whatever but, I prefer to have someone to yell at if delivery gets futzed up.
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#13
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
I assume it'll only work with standardized packages, if it's to be fully automated? No deal for my workplace sadly.
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#14
R-T-B
P4-630 said:
:pMistakes happen, especially with software.
A while ago I on TV I saw a few self-driving cars fail, I'm sure there is lots of information about that on the internet.
Mostly Tesla's, which aren't really properly set up for full self-driving.

The info on proper self-driving tech actual suggests it does better than a real driver.
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