Robotic Road Vehicles

Robotic cars such as Google’s are proven to work on regular streets and roads. The laws of some states (Nevada being first) are being updated to allow robotic cars to be in control.

At this point we can speculate for fun what commercial or utility style vehicles might come first in being updated for robot control, as these seem a prime use case for automation.

One vehicle and job I think could be first are street sweepers, for several reasons. They operate mostly at night in quiet traffic times, they drive quite slowly mostly around slower city streets when sweeping, and they involve overnight shift work for the current operators which is not easy or pleasant. My guess is they don’t involve as much decision making and equipment manipulation as say a snow plow would require, but then again I’m not a street sweeper operator so that may not be the case.

What specialized vehicles or jobs do you foresee robotic vehicle technology moving into?