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Starsky Robotics

This fledgling self-driving truck company is still in the testing phase, but its technology has big implications. Instead of phasing out the driver altogether, Starsky is working on self-driving technology that will allow truckers to drive their 18-wheel loads remotely. The company retrofits trucks with an autonomous driving kit. Unlike Tesla or Volvo, the technology is not embedded in the vehicle itself. For now, Starsky is conducting tests in Florida with a driver still behind the wheel. Another driver works at a control station in a remote office. Also in contrast to competitors, Starsky is focused on long hauls rather than last-mile trips. Its strategy is striking for its use of drivers. Rather than building technology that cuts a significant workforce out, this technology requires drivers to stay on as a part of a system of redundancies.

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