Future Era Of Cab-less Trucks Will Be The End Of HOS Rules

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DaveW's Comment
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A Swedish company named Einride that defines itself as, "The intelligent movement company -- part commercial enterprise, part revolutionary movement," says it is "bent on a complete transformation of the transportation industry." And May 15 marked a milestone in that company's mission as it is the day the first cab-less electric truck was allowed to drive on a public road.

Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Two different trucks featured in the article. One is space age looking and the other more conventional. My opinion is that the space age one is ugly, but I guess they think the beauty is in the function.

The first one looks like it would blow over very easily. Looks like a billboard on wheels.

What happens as the worlds population keeps increasing? Is it going to be necessary to kill one truck driver for every autonomous truck put on the road, just to keep a balance? Technology can be a blessing or a curse. Just ask Alfred Nobel.

NeeklODN's Comment
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No matter how far off this stuff is, how are we going to cope when automation takes everyone's jobs. Honest question. We need to make sure we are not set in stone on one career path. Always have a backup plan.

Second question do y'all consider our job "unskilled labor"? They call it that because you don't even need a H.S. diploma.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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124 miles on 1 charge? lol And how long to recharge that power cell? You would think, by now they would have designed some onboard charging system to reduce down time for a recharge....@124 miles, will be more than 2 days to cross this country Sounds like they'll be leasing those trucks.....200 trucks will spread pretty out thin, I'm thinking..........They sending over Swedish techs to service them too? Imagine the amount of charging stations they need to install across the US !

Won't see much of this in our lifetimes, maybe by time they're all set up, we'll be flying around like the Jetson's And their trucks will already be obsolete lol

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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do y'all consider our job "unskilled labor"? They call it that because you don't even need a H.S. diploma.

That's a complicated question. Our job classification as "unskilled labor" goes way back to the days when the "Teamsters" held a lot of power in the trucking business. They had it classified that way by the government because it keeps immigrants from getting work visas to become truck drivers. It was a self preservation tactic. I don't think that classification will ever be changed now that we've experienced the horrors of 9/11.

We all know it takes some special skills to be any good at this. The job classification is more a political thing than most people realize. No reason to take offense at it.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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So basically it is a hideous straight truck that, goes back and forth in a industrial park. Simular to what already is in a factory, not really a threat anytime soon imo.

Tractor Man's Comment
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They had it classified that way by the government because it keeps immigrants from getting work visas to become truck drivers.

Hmmmmmm.......that seems to be working out well. You mean to tell me all of the immigrants out here driving trucks, and many can barely speak english, are all United States citizens?

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PackRat's Comment
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Plenty of citizens here that can barely speak English, too. I don’t get hung up on the language barrier anymore after visiting 59 foreign countries where, for the vast majority, I didn’t speak their language. That definitely made me the outsider.

Eric G.'s Comment
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Yeah this will never replace us. This will be a little chunk of the industry maybe. You just cant replace human intelligence and intuition.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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The Robots will do good as turnpike doubles and triples but that’s about it for the next 50 years. If they try to send them things into dollar generals. “God help the machines.”

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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