Friday, April 14, 2017

Truck Automation

One of the reasons I wrote EXOTIQA is because of all the robot talk in magazines, newspapers and online. We are reading more and more that robots are the way of the future, and just how much will they be taking over? Well, it looks like they will be working not just from inside the grocery stores at the cashier counter, but now on the road too. 

It is inevitable that most manual labor will be done by robots. The trucking industry is already heading in that direction. Trucking can be hard, long hours and weeks away from family, and with little pay. Finding people to do the job can be hard and to find those willing to stick around even harder. 

"The White House released a report in December predicting that 1.3 million to 1.7 million heavy and tractor-trailer truck-driving jobs could disappear because of automation. That’s 80 to 100 percent of all truck-driving jobs." 

"David Alexander, an analyst with Navigant Research, anticipates that most truck companies will gradually introduce automated driving technology in the next five to 10 years."

The old jobs of truck driving will eventually be gone, but in its place there will be a need to monitor the automated trucks and prepare damage to the system and problem solve issues on the road with these trucks.

Less physical labor and more use of the mind. 

It gets interesting when Platooning is talked about. Fleets of trucks working in unison, braking together, speeding up together and all operated by one man.

“The people who can use the computers are seeing their wages rise,” he said. “The people who are not—their jobs are being taken away.”

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