Truckers think automation won’t take their jobs for 40 years. Silicon Valley strongly disagrees.
Automation and the ominously euphemistic “process removal” are challenging our understanding of what modern labour markets will look like in the near-to-immediate future and more profoundly, challenging the very understanding of the “future of work”.
“Truck Driver” is one of the most common jobs in the United States, similarly, in most advanced economies around the world. Certainly in Australia.
Automation in the driving and logistics fields is happening before our eyes and has the potential for huge displacements of [predominantly male] workers/drivers/owners.
I don’t have a single member who’s ready to buy a bunch of automated trucks even if they could.
R. J. Cervantes – California Trucking Association
Three years, at most!
Investor – Autonomous vehicles
The challenge will come when large fleet owners [ read very large retailers/supermarkets] see the integration tipping point of automated logistic hubs/ports with automated/autonomous vehicles. In the US, Amazon/Walmart are positioning already and in Australia, the likes of Woolworths/Coles won’t be far behind. Private ‘tollways’ and links to port/wharehousing facilities will become [are] the fundamental strategic assets for autonomous roll-out.
All those infrastructure spends?
Consider the notion of “truck platoons”. Assume twelve autonomous “B-Doubles” travelling at 100+ kilometres an hour with a gap between vehicles of less than one truck length, 24 hours a day…
An interesting and timely article by Michael Coren in Quartz. –
- Article – Truckers think automation won’t take their jobs for 40 years. Silicon Valley strongly disagrees.