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Old 08-19-2019, 01:09 PM
msmith537 is online now
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Originally Posted by campp View Post
Because a 12,000 foot long vehicle that weighs thousands of times what one truck does, all while going up and down hills, and because it can't stop really quickly.

Drone trucks? OK, let's see how that goes for a few years. Drone trains? I'm just positing it is quite a bit more difficult to control trains without continuous organic feedback.
I'm going to go with Akaj on this one. Just because a train is bigger and takes longer to stop doesn't make automating it any more complex. It's on rails that travel over known terrain between known switching points. It basically just needs to be told "stop", "go" and "how fast", with sensors adjusting for weather, track conditions, slope, etc.

An automated truck has to deal with all those things, plus maneuvering around random traffic and other obstacles all in real time.