A Road Trip With Autonomous Truck Company Plus
Autonomous truck technology developer Plus used the roads around Nashville to showcase its system in a real-world setting, offering demonstration rides during American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.
“This PlusDrive system is a driver-assist feature,” Ruben Cardenas, senior vehicle operator at Plus, said of the technology during an hourlong ride in one of its vehicles along streets and highways around the Music City Center, the MCE host venue. “It’s just to help us. It still requires driver engagement going down the road. So, I’m still keeping my hands on the wheel. We’re driving together. It’s a married effort.”
The trip started in downtown Nashville. The truck took about two minutes to start, allowing time for the system to complete a self-diagnostic test. From there, it continues to run software and hardware checks to ensure no problems occur while operational. The system can return control to the human operator if necessary.