Will autonomous trucks unemploy the drivers?
Will autonomous trucks unemploy the drivers?, My answer is yes, if not in the near future, for sure in the next decade. Driver-assist technologies are already running successfully. The driverless technologies will take over soon. The autonomous trucking companies like Daimler, TuSimple, Waymo, Tesla, Plus.Ai, Embark, Einride, and UBER already test and launched driverless techniques in commercial and personal purpose driving.
The truck driver’s job is also becoming a prelude to the lure of the commercial world. Self-driving vehicles are around the corner to get rid of drivers. Your jobs are not safe, either learn robotics in trucking or go home.
We truck drivers did not need any technology such as GPS, We could remember the locations, read the map. But now, technology is there for everything, and the corporate is making money out of it. Tech companies commercialized our skills such as reading a map, judge the defect in the vehicle from its behaviour on the road, etc. Similarly, they will sell our professional truck driving skill, to automation.
How automation is unemploying workers?
Nowadays, you can easily find robot workers in factories, automated ordering systems in restaurants and self-checkouts in the stores. Moreover, tech jobs are not safe, everywhere, plug and play devices are taking over. Like plug and play surveillance systems, home internet devices, and access controls are available in the market. Call at the helpline of any company, it is the computer that answers the question. Even the robot army is there in the news. Same way, the self-driving trucks, buses, trains, cars, and planes will take over the driving jobs.
Driver-less tech trucking companies are saying
that they are doing this to deal with the shortage of truck drivers. But, in fact, their purpose is to save the salary of the truck driver. According to a report, the driver’s salary is 26% of the total transportation expenses. Who will spend 26% more to save our jobs? Nobody.
Autonomous trucks will unemploy trucking-related workers as well
Autonomous trucking will increase the competition in truck driving jobs. First, self-driving trucks will vanish the long haul trucking jobs. Then, highway truck drivers will switch to local trucking jobs, either truck driver salary will go lower or jobs will vanish. Autonomous trucking will increase competition in the local truck driving jobs.
As a start, Plus.ai drove an autonomous truck from California to Pennsylvania and successfully delivered the butter.
Autonomous trucking will also end the truck driver training schools. Trucking product makers such as safety jackets, gloves makers, and in-cab accessory manufacturers will disappear one by one.
Where will the automation end?
One day robots will unemploy everyone and destroy our purchasing power. If there is no customer, no seller will survive. The business world will be stuck in its own mess. Who will need the robot, without customers? Ultimately, we will move to self-dependency. Although it all sounds like a movie, it will happen.
People claim that immigrants, the Sikhs, Punjabis ruined the trucking industry, not they are, someone else did it.
The positive of automation is, our governments are working on universal basic income. Nowadays, the goal of Universal Basic Income is to help the people living below the poverty line. It will become a necessity for everyone’s future.
So, what do you think, Will autonomous trucks unemploy the drivers?
Will automation end to itself?
Will driving and other jobs survive?
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