Driverless Trucks Are Literally Around The Corner

Thanks to the continuous advancements in technology, life has become easier and more convenient than ever before. From smartphones to smart TVs and a smart home as a whole, almost everything is being made smarter than ever. In fact, even vehicles have gotten smarter right now. Have you ever heard of driverless trucks? If you haven’t, then, better brace yourself because they do exist.

Not long ago, a convoy of driverless trucks drove across Europe and arrived at Port of Rotterdam. There is simply no other type of technology that can automate more jobs or even drive in a more economically efficient way than these driverless trucks.

These days, shipping a full truckload costs several thousand dollars, wherein 75% of this cost makes up for labor. But, these savings in labor are not the sole gains that could be experienced from the use of these driverless trucks.

Normally drivers are not legally allowed to drive for over 11 hours a day without taking a break of 8 hours. But, this is not the case with driverless trucks as they can drive for almost 24 hours a day. It means that this technology helps double the output of transportation at 25% of the cost.

These savings get even more significant if you will also consider the benefits in terms of fuel efficiency. The maximum cruising speed from the fuel efficiency standpoint is about 45 miles per hour but truckers being paid by the mile tend to drive faster. With self-driving trucks, more fuel efficiencies can take place as they adopt unique platooning technologies which let trucks draft behind each other in highway trains.

All the goods you buy have trucking as part of their overall costs so consumers in every part of the world can look forward to enjoying such great changes with lower prices and higher living standards, thanks to driverless trucks.

Aside from that, the moment this technology gets matured enough for it to be commercially introduced, it is also expected that more safety benefits will follow. In the past few years, there is a higher number of people who were killed in traffic accidents which involved trucks much more than all the crashes of domestic airlines for the last 45 years combined. Simultaneously, more truck drivers were killed on the job than workers in other occupations.

Moreover, even if you put aside all direct safety risks, driving a truck is an extremely grueling job that not many young people are willing to do. On the average, commercial drivers should be 55 years old and this figure rises every year, with anticipated driver shortages which will only lead to more incentive to using the driverless technology in the next few years.

For the longest time, there have been discussions of jobs being displaced by robots and artificial intelligence, with these being foreseen to be something that will happen in the far distant future. However, with the latest successful demonstration of driverless trucks, it seems that there is no longer a reason to put off such discussions on the need to adapt to this stark reality.