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> Dealing with gear changes, airbrakes, load shifting, other vehicles that will inevitably cut you off, and much more.

Awhile back there was a post about the early experience of a young and enthusiastic programmer. The take away phrase, in response to someone sending nonsense input, was "Some people just want to watch the world burn."

I can see assholes trying to make sure that an automated truck can't change lanes, or get to the exit it needs to reach, etc.

I myself have at times intentionally walked too close to the robotic carts that move supplies to workstations at my work, just to hear them stop and beep for a few seconds.




It's an interesting thought, but I don't think this will be a significant problem. The inevitable combination of laws, surveillance, and social norms will, as it does now, keep the vast majority of people from doing random asshole acts like this.

The self-driving trucks will, by definition, be equipped with omnidirectional, high resolution 3d cameras. Who was that guy who kept cutting off our truck? Well, we could 3d print his face and license plate if you'd like. Also, the trucking industry will run to lawmakers the very first time this happens, and they are a very strong lobby. Finally, it's just a shitty thing to do, and everyone will understand that. Much like shining a laser at a plane is almost universally reviled, there will be social consequences for being that guy who torments driverless trucks.

By the way, "robotic carts that move supplies to workstations"? Is this a common thing? Can you say where you work?



I work at a manufacturing company.

The carts are like little flat bed trucks, and they do one thing: move empty and full bins from station to station, and the warehouse. They have rollers on the flatbed part, that push bins over to the hole in the wall at a station. The hole in the wall has similar rollers. They follow a set route along the wall of a hallway that's used by people and the carts.


>or get to the exit it needs to reach

Often while driving i get the feeling im the only one who realizes if you miss an exit, you can just get off at the next exit...

Going your preferred route is never more important than driving safely. People never seem to consider this when they cross several lanes of traffic to make a turn or get off at an exit.


Exactly. I think this is one of the most important things I've taught my teenage son about driving.


Louis CK does a bit about this thats pretty funny

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQSRPMFDTSs - only 1 minute long, no swearing


I believe the post you are talking about is "Mr. Fart's favorite color". https://medium.com/@blakeross/mr-fart-s-favorite-colors-3177...


>I can see assholes trying to make sure that an automated truck can't change lanes

3.5 million truck drivers in the US alone. I suspect that would be your pool of assholes, and I'm not sure I would blame them.


What is a person supposed to do when another human tries dangerous things while one is driving? I think the smart move there would be to record the incident and have it reviewed for police, or for PR content.


> The take away phrase, in response to someone sending nonsense input, was "Some people just want to watch the world burn."

That's a big line in the batman movie "the dark knight". While it could have originally came from elsewhere, I'd be willing to bet it came from the movie.


At first maybe, but people get used to things. Sabotage by replaced workers and luddites is nothing new (just look at the origin of the word luddite). And I wouldn't be surprised if laws are passed that create heavy penalties for interfering with self-driving vehicles.


Future teenagers version of cow tipping.




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