Tomorrow’s Trucker: How a rapidly evolving trucking industry is reinventing the owner-operator

Updated Mar 20, 2016

headerWhat will the owner-operator of the future look like? What will be required of him or her?

What will the single-truck business model look like?

Given the hype of late about a coming technology revolution in the trucking industry, the framework for which already in place, Overdrive sought to explore these questions in hopes of offering a realistic take on what truck operators can expect from their livelihood in the coming decades.

This includes a look at the evolution of the business model itself, likely major regulatory reform, the day-to-day tasks of tomorrow’s trucker and shifts in the truck driver pay model.

The special package and its elements, built on months of reporting by Overdrive editors, can be seen at this link: OverdriveOnline.com/tomorrows-trucker.

Links to all four stories in the series are below. One element of the series will be featured each day this week on Overdrive, but the Tomorrow’s Trucker page will remain live and viewable. We’ll build on the series next month in a package dubbed “Watched, Wired and Weeded,” in which we’ll examine how increasing driver monitoring technology will change the driver labor pool.

Here are the first four parts of the Tomorrow’s Trucker series:

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