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Self-Driving Trucks: Are Truck Drivers No Longer Needed?

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on Nov 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM
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You cannot go a week without a news article with the latest information on self-driving trucks. Autonomous semi-trucks are becoming more of a reality, expecially as Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla founder, Elon Musk is unveiling its Tesla Semi Truck in a few days.

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What excatly does this mean to the professional truck driver? 

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Yes. There is a professional truck driver shortage.
No. Professional truck drivers are not going to quickly be a profession of the past. However, the driver's job responsibilities may change in years to come. 

Safety Reigns Supreme
Until autonomous semi trucks are proven safe, there will continue to be a person controlling the cargo.

 

Are all professional truck drivers going to be without a job in the next five years? That is highly unlikely. Like other professions, truck drivers will more than likely require new, technical skills.

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