Self-Driving Trucks Could Be on the Road + Saving Lives By 2025
We’ve all heard about self-driving cars — heck, some of us have even seen them driving around! — and we’re really excited to see if they can cut down on automobile accidents. But what about those other vehicles on the road? Trucks can be just as dangerous as cars if not larger, traveling faster and all around even more so, particularly when drivers are drowsy or distracted after an insanely long shift behind the wheel. What if those drivers didn’t have to, you know, drive?
A new self-driving truck from Daimler could drive autonomously, avoiding hazards like traffic, obstacles and tricky weather, freeing up the driver to work on other things (or take a nap!) behind the wheel.
This truck was recently tested on the Autobahn and the manufacturer believes the technology could be ready to be taken more mainstream within the next five years, with self-driving trucks on the road as soon as 2025, as long as laws will allow it.
As anyone who has taken a long road trip can attest, being behind the wheel for too long definitely takes its toll on your ability to drive safely. It’s why stopping for coffee or a quick bite or rest is really essential after a couple hours. As more self-driving cars and trucks like this hit the road, they will likely be able to communicate with one another, preventing traffic jams and maintaining a more constant but still safe speed. Considering the length of the trips taken by most truck drivers, this seems like a game changer in terms of safety to all.
What do you think about self-driving trucks? Does it sound like a way to cut down on accidents or a disaster waiting to happen? Sound off in the comments!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!