Robotic trucks set to push drivers out of a job?

| July 11, 2013

robot1Does it make business sense for fleets to switch from using actual, human truck drivers to trucks either driven autonomously or via robot?

According a recent report from management magazine strategy + business, fleets could save billions across the industry by switching from human controlled trucks to those that drive themselves. Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s Senior Editor Kevin Jones has a full write-up on the latest on autonomous trucks on CCJ‘s site, where he says the economic upside for fleets would immediately include productivity, as hours of service rules would no longer be a worry.

Nor would driver wages, says one analyst in Jones’ story.

The numbers now are roughly this: It costs $200,000 to outfit a truck and trailer to run autonomously, which would yield savings of about $100,000 every year, which, obviously, would put any fleets that made the switch in the black on the change in just two years.

The analyst also says fleets that do adopt autonomous trucks early will set establish “industry-leading positions.”

Do drivers need to be watching their backs? Click here to see Jones’ full post on autonomous trucks.

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    I think a transporter system would be the answer for replacing airplanes, cars, trucks, trains and skateboards, you know like on the original Star Trek, btw, I cut my toenails last week.

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    a person can’t deny this, you Sir, have hit the nail on the head

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    I flew an airplane into area 51 a few times

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    all the kids are being trained to spy on each other these days, they will have to replace the Truck Driver somehow most people can’t handle Trucking even if they want to

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    I agree with what he said, everything else is here except a Robot Prostitute, I’d like to have one of those, no back talk, no cheating, no texting all the time, clean house and wash dishes and the list goes on…

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    Yeah, kinda like a unit train effect type deal with cAlifornia approved guard rails down the sides of the trailers lol

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    Only when they are parked and it’s 97 degrees on the parking lot surface and 102 degrees inside the truck

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    That’s always been my policy, but I’ve never been under the black box rule like it seems those are now days, must suck to be a Truck Driver under these circumstances and the inflated “heavy traffic” too

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    back in the day when I used to listen to the c.b. and the voices in my own head, this sound like a good idea, the gubberment can send everyone a check like they did the tobacco farmers to not work

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    “They” would just send them a letter saying “I’m sorry” like they do to some of the Vietnam Vets that are dying a slow death right now

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    But….. If it did come to pass, “they” could eliminate the DOT too uhummm?

  • Mind Games

    Hehehehehehe!!! It won’t take much to eliminate that form of competition off the highways.
    In nature and especially in the world of electronics everything has a weakness.
    I’ll be damn if any driver is gonna stand by and let a machine take food off his her table you can bank on that!

  • kiko kika

    lol sure..cargo train can go on wrong way on the one way track go figure.. maybe not on my life time if that happen i bet budweiser well be made in water on that time

  • Double S

    I don’t think they had a shortage of drivers,as much as it is was more cost, since they made something like 100+k and flew in to the remote locations for only a minimal time and flew back out. Mines there are not in or near towns is what I understood in the article I read. Really bad conditions in the area’s as well.

  • Zachary Bell

    Yes. Isn’t that called an ATM? Or is that called a self-check-out lane?

  • Zachary Bell

    That’s the easy part for them! Like I said, what happens when a cop chases the robot when it gets caught speeding? How is it going to present the license, registration, proof of insurance and medical card to the officer if it doesn’t recognize the lights and keeps on truckin’?

  • Zachary Bell

    No, because the robot can dispatch a smaller load/unload robot to unload itself. So it will put the illegals out of work. I’m pretty sure the person in the passenger seat (if permitted) will be a regular employee with a CDL who can take the controls if the weather turns and screws up the robotics. If the robot hits black ice, the illegal immigrant would be hosed anyway!

  • lfhpueblo

    You’re right. LOL about the hosing.

  • Zachary Bell

    I’d like to have one myself.

  • Zachary Bell

    Let’s see the robots load cattle. It probably won’t go well! Maybe that’s where the illegal or the minimum-wage driver comes in.

  • Zachary Bell

    In other words, it would keep on truckin’ until the person in the right seat hits the STOP button…

  • Bob Moore

    I wonder how the trailer doors will open or close, tandems slide, truck gets fueled and a proper pre-trip or post-trip get done. Will be interesting to see that…

  • Michelle

    Two words…Maximum Overdrive.

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