Semi-Autonomous Semi Truck Driving Along Chicago-Area Tollways Monday

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Rolling along Chicago area tollways Monday is a semi-autonomous semi truck. 

Up until now CEO and Founder of Autobon AI Krystian Gebis has been testing the system on trucks on the Joliet Speedway.

"With multi-directional cameras, multiple different types of senors and at both times it has been on existing semi trucks, so basically replacing the visor, the wind visor that comes with the truck, we put ours on. We install an eletrical power stream motor which reduces steering fatigue and we also install an electric break motor," he said.

If you're on the Tri-state and Jane Addams, you'll probably won't notice it.

"For most people it is hard to recognize, if you don't really know what you are looking at, but it has seven cameras installed on the truck and a gps..." he said.

There will be someone behind the wheel when the truck is out gathering data. Gebis said they need a lot of it to tweak the system he is building. He said the Rolling Meadows-based company plans to roll out the system some time next year that will be added to long haul trucks to make them safer.

Gebis doesn't see replacing drivers in the near future, but geared more towards helping the industry as it looks to replace experienced drivers. He said in the first five years, new drivers use 15 percent more fuel and are 41 percent more likely to be in an accident.

With the semi-autonomous system, drivers can utilize data to help them navigate the roads more efficiently and safely.