In Process Of Getting CDL... But Should OTTO Concern Me?

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EnTee T.'s Comment
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Brett, thank you for this amazing place... I'll sure take advantage of the High Road Training Program.

My first post here.

I'm planning to attend a CDL school and secure an OTR position in the next couple of months. I know there has been a lot of discussion about OTTO and I'm not here to start another debate. However, I talked briefly to a recruiter and he said I shouldn't worry about driverless trucks as it won't happen at least for another decade or two.

With the news of UBER acquiring OTTO, I'm a bit concerned that autonomous trucks will be more practical sooner than later. I'm all for efficiency, cost saving, increased safety... and I'm sure truck companies won't delay to take advantage of this technology. I just want to be assured that the decision of me leaving my stable career (and burnt out) and start a new one in trucking is sound.

Thank you in advance for your input.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I personally don't see trucking companies jumping on that bandwagon due to the huge liability those things pose. Never in my lifetime and probably not in yours either.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
EnTee T.'s Comment
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Thanks Sue D.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum EnTee.

Let me ask you some questions. Do computers ever break? Do they ever shut down for no apparent reason? Has MicroSoft ever written a bug-free operating system? What is the backup in the event of a failure for the driverless truck of the future? The answer is, a human driver will take over as the operator.

If and when this does happen, there will still be a driver. And local, in traffic driving? I doubt an autonomous system will be able to perform that efficiently, if at all.

I wouldn't give this much worry. The government red tape alone buys you at least ten years.

Go for it.

EnTee T.'s Comment
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Thanks G-Town.

Anchorman's Comment
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I'm never posting any thing that even vaguely mentions autonomous vehicles ever again. I'm sorry!


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