Robot Trucks Could Replace 500K Jobs In U.S.

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Crisis after crisis provides opportunities for Technocrats to advance their cause of automating everything in society. The twisted, illogical response to a 60,000 driver shortage is to displace  500,000 workers with robot trucks. One robot maker exec says it’s “pretty exciting.” ⁃ TN Editor

The robots will take the most tedious, most dangerous jobs first, in most things. Trucking is no exception.  Autonomous driving engineers are squarely focused on long-haul freight, the interstate runs with almost no complexity save for a slow curve or an E-ZPass lane. As such, those routes are some of the simpler challenges on the self-driving spectrum. The biggest hurdle may be infrastructure.

There are, however, a handful of big ifs. For one, the autonomous systems would have to figure out how to navigate in crummy weather far better than they can now. Second, regulators in many states still haven’t cleared the way for robot rigs. Finally, there’s the infrastructure to consider — all the transfer stations where the cargo would pass from the caffeine-fueled analog to the algorithms.

Still, if trucking companies focused only on America’s Sun Belt, they could fairly easily offset 10% of human driving, the study shows. If they deployed the robots nationwide, but in warmer months only, half of the country’s trucking hours could go autonomous.

“It is happening already, but in a fairly limited way,” said Parth Vaishnav, a climate and energy assistant professor at Michigan and co-author of the study. There are about 3.3 million truck drivers in America, though many don’t stay in the trade long. The long-haul jobs, in particular, are some of the worst. Not only are they protracted and tedious, but they are among the lowest-paid gigs. Long-haul drivers are on the road about 300 days a year and make around $47,000; short-haul routes can be trickier and, as such, pay better and attract more experienced drivers.

Not surprisingly, the long-haul workforce tends to turn over entirely every 12 months or so. At the moment, the industry is short about 61,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Associations. “In our imagination, we see these as middle-class jobs,” Vaishnav said, “but that hasn’t been the case for awhile now.”

The driver shortage is so bad that American trucking companies are trying to import drivers to ease what has become one of the most acute bottlenecks of the supply chain crisis. Truck lobbyists also are seeking to lower the minimum age for interstate drivers to 18 from 21. So when it comes to piloting an 80,000-pound machine going 75 miles an hour, the choice might come to a robot or a teenager.

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Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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Freeland_Dave

Yean, it is prettu exciting in as much as defeating AI indivudually is a small minor proble,. This makes hyjacking their load for profit much much easier. Living better with modern technology. ;>)

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You can replace everything at certain point. The question is: why do we live? Surely not to become a cyborg of the elite psychos.

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Brutus

“…Truck lobbyists also are seeking to lower the minimum age for interstate drivers to 18 from 21. So when it comes to piloting an 80,000-pound machine going 75 miles an hour, the choice might come to a robot or a teenager. /….” Nothing wrong with a teenager driving a Rig. When I look at what I was doing in my teen years I was ahead of many in their 20’s today. Not only driving something, but responsibility and decision making ability. A friend, now sadly gone, told of an office meeting where he was 5 minutes early and the rest, in… Read more »

Brutus

Robotics and AI can do a great deal to lower cost and improve safety.
Just like the auto pilot on an airplane. Reduces pilot fatigue, gives a smother flight, and frees up the pilot to do other things.
Yea, sometimes a crew drifts off and overflies the airport, but you cannot fix stupid.

I do not think we should eliminate the driver, but having the trucks run on limited autopilot via GPS or wire guided on portions of an interstate in dedicated lanes makes sense.