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Seg. 1: Collision-Reducing Tech Not Used On Semitrucks. Seg. 2: Human Relationships With Technology.

Two lines of forward-facing trucks with a man walking away between them.
Tech Sgt. Larry E. Reid, Jr.
U.S. Air Force
The technology to assist semitrucks in avoiding collisions has been available for years, but it hasn't been installed on most of the ones on the road.

Segment 1: As crashes involving large trucks continue to increase, resistance to crash avoidance and mitigation technology remains.

When a tractor-trailer truck runs into the back end of a passenger vehicle at highway speed, there's a good chance that people will die. Today, jumping off an recent Kansas City Star investigation, we talked about collisions between trucks and passenger vehicles, the number of resulting deaths and potential preventive measures.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:05: "Because humans can make more informed guesses with very little information, we're still superior to automation ... "

While the technology for driverless cars and other new technologies are out there, humans aren't being replaced when it comes to completing many daily tasks — at least not yet. Today we learned why, despite  the increase in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence technology, we are still years away from being obsolete.

Mary Cummings presents “From Drones to Flying Cars: New Frontiers in Human-Technology Interaction,”  7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry, Kansas City, Missouri 64110. The lecture is free and open to the public, but e-tickets are required.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.