You know that universal sign we give truckers, hoping they'll sound their air horns? Well, you're going to be hearing a lot less honking in the future. And with good reason. The absence of an actual driver in the cab. We may focus on the self-driving car, but autonomous trucking is not an if, it's a when. And the when is coming sooner than you might expect. Already, companies have been quietly testing their prototypes on public roads. Right now, there's a high-stakes, high-speed race pitting the usual suspects, Google and Tesla and other global tech firms, against small start-ups smelling opportunity. The driverless semi will convulse the trucking sector and the two million American drivers who turn a key and maneuver their big rig every day. And the winners of this derby, they may be poised to make untold billions, they'll change the U.S. transportation grid and they will emerge as the new kings of the road.
The autonomous truck revolution is here. It just isn't much discussed - not on CB radios; and not in statehouses. And transportation agencies are not inclined to pump the brakes. From Florida, hang a left and drive 2000 miles west on I-10 and you'll hit the proving grounds of a company with a fleet of 41 autonomous rigs.
Most of her two million fellow truckers are less enthusiastic. Automated trucking threatens to jack-knife an entire $800 billion industry. Trucking is among the most common jobs for american's without a college education. So this disruption caused by the driverless truck, it cuts deep.
We know that the push for autonomous really hit hardest with the Obama administration. However it seems to carry a price tag that most just can not resist. President Trump made promises to "make America great again" and really pushed promises to help bring jobs to the middle class. Since taking office he has accomplished many things and bringing jobs was one of them. However, we have to wonder if he will also jump to the autonomous opportunity that has potential to take away over 3 million(+) jobs, the below article gives us reason to believe he will. The US Department of Transportation has already stated that they plan to take preemptive measures to keep states from any and all attempts of stopping autonomous trucks. So it is very apparent that they are seeing those dollar signs and the blinders are on. Our questions are, if we open the market to autonomous trucks where and what are our drivers supposed to do for employment? How will this make our roadways safer? and where and who will benefit from all this money that the government and mega corps seem so desperate to save? If your going to take drastic measures like this and take millions of jobs to "save billions of dollars" within the transportation industry is it going to benefit those that will be left without their careers? WE DEFINITELY HAVE OUR DOUBTS. We encourage our followers to click the link below and read the article from USN, it gives a chilling insight into what is going on behind the scenes with autonomous.
Pittsburgh, PA – Springfield, MO-based Wilson Logistics will soon be operating more than 62 two-truck convoys on 11 routes throughout the United States, but hopes to soon be deploying many more than that. (Info source: Transportation Nation Network) Find out more here >>> https://transportationnation.com/carrier-plans-to-soon-operate-1000-autonomous-two-truck-convoys/?fbclid=IwAR1Qu-UQ-Alb8L3Gm-1dXYoFQUZWqYVXcAfm6iP5cGtx_Ne0-jD01v3HB1sck
There are dozens of companies that have surfaced and are in a desperate race to be number one in autonomous. TuSimple seems to be leading the way for now and they're not looking back. "TuSimple, founded in 2015, announced today that, by June 2019, it will expand its fleet from 12 to 40 autonomous trucks on the road. That will make it the largest self-driving truck solutions company in the world." (credit: Business Insider). They have taken the lead by introducing convoying of autonomous vehicles. Mind you, convoying is against the law and truck drivers are heavily fined if they are found guilty of doing so. The thought of 3 or 4 of these truck's driving down the highway in a convoy with only one driver in a lead truck seems insane but TuSimple is making it a reality. Click the following link to read more about TuSimple and their plans. Source: Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/tusimple-autonomous-trucking-beating-tesla-waymo-2019-1
AB-5, not good for independent contractors
Recently California passed a new bill called AB-5 and it means bad news for independent contractors in many different work forces. In most cases, workers who have taken the steps to become an independent contractor have done so for the benefits of doing so. Most pursued it because they want to be their own boss, make their own schedule without the worry of being an inconvenience to an employer or even being fired. Well, that dream just came to a screeching halt for thousands of people in California. While AB-5 says to offer the employee benefits and be a better option many are not seeing it that way. Now there are growing concerns that it will spread across the entire country potentially affecting millions of people. We have posted links and invite you to do your own research on this issue.
Autonomous may not prevent most crashes
The new IIHS study looked at more than 5,000 police-reported crashes from the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, as collected by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). The IIHS team identified five primary contributors to a crash, including:
written by: Jonathan Lopez
Find out how autonomous rates in these situations below.
The following links will provide more information and opinions about AB-5 :
Source: New York Post
Source: USA Today
Source: Yahoo finance
US Congress Debates Federal Independent Contractor Model
How autonomous technology has affected the gas and oil industry.
How autonomy is being utilized at our ports of entry
How autonomous will effect retail jobs.
How would autonomous effect our future?
A group of students at The University of Michigan hacked into a trucks ELD and took control of it
Heavy equipment isn't off limits either, check out the video below.