Industry experts have been predicting what features the new truck will have. Besides running on electric energy, the truck will be outfitted with technology that gives it more autonomy, relieving some duties from drivers and replacing them with “self-driving” skills, experts have predicted.
Research by the nonprofit nonpartisan think tank Rand Corp. has shown that when vehicles are even slightly better than human drivers, they can reduce the number of fatal car crashes.
Although other companies have made their own innovations with self-driving technology, Musk might create new excitement, said Jeremy Straub, an assistant professor in the department of computer science at North Dakota State University.
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SciPol Editors' Note: Dr. Michael Clamann, quoted in this article, is the lead editor for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for SciPol.