News Here come the robots...RIP Trucker jobs

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  1. chapped

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    A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology willautomate away morejobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverlesstruck.

    Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverlesstrucks.

    Where drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an 8-hour break, a driverless truck can drive nearly 24 hours per day. That means the technology would effectively double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost.

    And the savings become even more significant when you account for fuel efficiency gains. The optimal cruising speed from a fuel efficiency standpoint is around 45 miles per hour, whereas truckers who are paid by the mile drive much faster. Further fuel efficiencies will be had as the self-driving fleets adopt platooning technologies, like those from Peloton Technology, allowing trucks to draft behind one another in highway trains.

    Trucking represents a considerable portion of the cost of all the goods we buy, so consumers everywhere will experience this change as lower prices and higher standards of living.

    While the efficiency gains are too real to pass up, the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well.
    In addition, once the technology is mature enough to be rolled out commercially, we will also enjoy considerable safety benefits. This year alone more people will be killed in traffic accidents involving trucks than in all domestic airline crashes in the last 45 years combined. At the same time, more truck drivers were killed on the job, 835, than workers in any other occupation in the U.S.

    Even putting aside the direct safety risks,truck driving is a grueling job that young people don’t really want to do. The average age of a commercial driver is 55 (and rising every year), with projected driver shortages that will create yet more incentive to adoptdriverless technology in the years to come.

    While the efficiency gains are real — too real to pass up — the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well. There are currently more than 1.6 million Americans working as truck drivers, making it the most common job in 29 states.

    The loss of jobs representing 1 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a devastating blow to the economy. And the adverse consequences won’t end there. Gas stations, highway diners, rest stops, motels and other businesses catering to drivers will struggle to survive without them.
     
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    the gave me the finger
     
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    bet the robots ain't gonna refuse to deliver beer because of some old book


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    hehe racism
     
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    they're not human so it's ok
     
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    What a novel idea.

    Oh, wait.

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    @Teeney won't have any more truckers to service :(
     
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    Robots taking jobs = more white people on welfare.
     
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    We're driving home from vacation on I 75 and it seems 1/3 of the traffic so far is trucks.

    It'll be so creepy to have one pass you some day, with no one in the drivers seat. :eek:
     
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    It'll never happen. The technology is far from foolproof. While cars CAN self drive they still need someone in there to handle any irregularities.

    Not to mention we need to consider all the truck-stop whores that would be put out of a job. :c
     
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    #truckstopwhoreslivesmatter
     
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    Beer Forever :horns2:
     
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    Stuck behind a convoy of driverless trucks going 45mph, lovely. :coffee:
     
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    Who's gonna eat all that crappy Salisbury Steak and powered potatoes?
     
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    When we were kids, we would stand by the road and raise our arms and yank them down so the truck driver would blow his horn. Kids won't have that fun in the future.:bigcry:
     
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    Murcielago Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

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    I see Bender behind the wheel, strung out on vodka and Red Bull.
     
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    I don't see how that could be feasible. How can the driverless truck see stop lights, kids in the road, and other various obstacles? GPS is pretty accurate, but I can't see this becoming commonplace. Too many insurance, safety and liability concerns.
     
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    it's coming
    robots don't fall asleep
    don't do drugs or drink and drive
    they aren't limited by hours per day of driving
    they won't demand more money or better benefits
    it's coming

    go into a factory 60 years ago and tell all those guys welding away that robots would replace most of them
    they'd think you were nuts
     
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