Indaswamp wrote:they are already bringing automated cars online in germany......did you see the link I posted?
From what I got out of it, they aren't bringing automated cars online in Germany. Google has a test car fitted with automated driving technology and a German company made a deal to get involved with development.
When it was still making Toyotas and Pontiacs, I was invited to take a tour of the Fremont NUUMI plant. They had automated forklifts buzzing around all over the place. It was pretty neat to see but that was a closed off environment. I could see the possibilities of it working in automobiles someday waaaayyyy down the line but before we can jump to unmanned big rigs I think it would need to figure out a car that can parallel park itself.......it was tried and sold but cars got wrecked. Most of the automative driveing systems I've seen mentioned from time to time are basically a smart cruise control for highway driving. Put that in a rig that has to go over an icy winter mountain pass, or a narrow streeted industrial park where you have to flip a u-turn in the middle of a tiny intersection and you have to run over a curb to complete it. The computer will always need human assistance.
A train on the other hand has one mission in life. Go straight ahead and hope nothing darts out in front of it because regardless of who's driving, it can't stop soon enough to avoid the crash anyway.