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Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside

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A Starsky Robotics 18-wheeler.

Start-up Starsky Robotics is fielding unmanned semi trucks in Florida.

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Startup Starsky Robotics is testing unmanned semi trucks on public roads in Florida.

The trucks are equipped with a hybrid driving system partly governed by a remote human operator.

Starsky founder Stefan Seltz-Axmacher said, "When it comes to driving a truck, a decent person paired with a decent artificial intelligence [AI] is better than the best person or the best AI."

The hybrid system leaves certain decisions, like navigating off-ramps and lane changes, up to humans, while computers are better at sustaining focus during long, uninterrupted stretches of driving.

Seltz-Axmacher sees this setup as benefiting remote truck operators, who otherwise would spend long stretches on the road.

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