Let’s Not Get Too Excited By Self-Driving Truck Highway Stunts

I like a feel-good story as much as the next person.

There has been a recent spate of media gushing about self-driving semi-trailer trucks, heralding the vaunted arrival of driverless big trucks due to one or another automaker or tech firm having made a publicity related stunt involving a highway journey debut, including usually carrying along a noteworthy load of produce or products from point A to point B.

This kind of feat oftentimes gets pundits into a lather of speculating that self-driving capabilities for large-scale trucks are nearly ready for prime time and implying that the self-driving tech involved is akin to a Level 5 fully Autonomous Vehicle (more on this in a moment).