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This tractor-trailer drives itself

In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a self-driving 18-wheeler has been approved for test-drives on public roads in Nevada. The goal of the semi-autonomous vehicle is to reduce driver fatigue on long-haul trips.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Now to our NewsHour Shares of the day, something that caught our eye that might be of interest to you, too.

    Highways will soon be making room for the world’s first self-driving 18-wheeler truck. The Daimler Freightliner Inspiration is now authorized for test-drives on public roads in Nevada with a state license. But the semis won’t be completely autonomous. There will always be a licensed truck driver in the seat. The goal is to reduce driver fatigue on long-haul trips. But trucking unions are wary of the change. And it might yet take some time to persuade lawmakers, and the public, that it’s safe.

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