Time for a little game you’ve probably heard of before: fact or fiction. Read the following story about this year’s automated vehicles, and try to guess whether the content is fact or fiction. At the end, we’ll let you know if this article is real or fake. Here we go!

Earlier this year, an ultra-modern fleet of automated commercial rigs was given the task of making it across Europe without incident. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the first real use of automated vehicles will probably be limited to the world of business and profit (Tesla’s autopilot does not count), but at least we’re moving in the right direction. After all, who doesn’t look forward to the inevitable debauchery that will result from not paying attention to the road? Prediction: a wave of teenage pregnancies as soon as the first automated consumer vehicle hits the market.

Think about it. Instead of losing life to collisions as the result of alcohol and a little drug we like to call “Can-We-Just-Legalize-it-Now”, we’ll have found a brand new time to fit conception in our busy schedules. Amen. Don’t forget to keep spare condoms in the glove compartment if little ones aren’t your cup of tea.

A Challenge for Automated Vehicles

Okay, back to the point: an event sponsored by the Dutch government kicked off this past April. Called the European Truck Platooning Challenge, it aimed to create an interconnected fleet of self-driving commercial trucks that could potentially slash the costs of cargo transportation. Automated vehicles can drive in tight formation and guzzle a lot less fuel than the traditional idiot-driven vehicles of today.

The result?

About a dozen of these trucks completed the task by driving 1,000 miles across Europe with very little human oversight. While we’re making some progress here in the United States of Chaotica, we’re still a long way off from full automation.

Ready? This story is fact. Self-driving trucks did indeed make a 1,000 mile trip across Europe earlier this year, pushing automated vehicles one step closer to consumer and commercial use. Let us know what you think of the new advancements.


About Author

Jeff is a self-proclaimed pragmatic futurist; that is, he has high hopes for absurd life-altering technologies which sound too good to be true, and probably are. Although he writes on a variety of subjects, his real passion is for technological innovation and the people who make it happen. By day, he enjoys fuzzy bunnies, kittens, puppies, roller coasters and a sardonic written word or two. By night, he's busy running MMR, replaying a random Final Fantasy game, or pretending to be Batman. He currently resides in Upstate NY.