SELF DRIVED "TESLA" TRUCKS * USA: But requiring trucker in cab
* California - Regulators say Tesla trucks will need drivers, at least for a few years
--- Don't expect future Tesla Semis to be fully robotic. Even though a person won't be needed to drive the truck, an onboard manager will be. Regulators will want years and miles of data before allowing driverless big trucks... Driver not needed, but required. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the world the company was going to develop the Tesla Semi in July. At the time, he surprisingly suggested the driverless vehicle would probably need a driver anyway, at least for a while, as reported by Electrek... More recently Musk told CNBC, the first trucks will be used to gather data for regulators as well as add a level of safety. “It’ll be a few years after trucks can self-drive before regulators have seen enough data to feel comfortable not having a driver in the car. I think it’ll actually be a big safety improvement because you get a lot of accidents when drivers are tired behind the wheel” ... The Tesla Semi and Tesla Minibus are scheduled to be unveiled in three to six months, with production starting in two to three years. When the Tesla Semi does come to market, safety and lowered cargo transport costs are likely to have a greater impact on its success than being ‘fun to operate’ for former drivers...
(Image: For the Tesla semi, instead of a ‘skateboard’ type chassis, they’ll work with a base chassis that’s closer to a conventional truck, but undersling several large battery packs low, as well as using the under-hood area for more battery storage) -- - Digital Trends, by Bruce Brown - November 9, 2016