USPS Trying Out Automated Technology

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Andy D.'s Comment
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Didn't know if any of you have read up anything on this story but thought It was interesting.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tusimple-autonomous-usps-idUSKCN1SR0YB

Also read about the FMSCA possibly lifting some restrictions to make way for the industry to make the transition easier.

Now do I feel that auto drive trucks will replace trucks? no. Do I feel that it will impact earnings and the need? possibly down the road.

Just wanted to get thoughts or opinions from you guys. I know Congress is really pushing for this hard

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Dieselhed's Comment
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This is coming sooner than most people think. I work for a very large carrier and they have already put in an order for the Tesla trucks that aren’t even in production yet. The technology is further along than most people will admit. TuSimple (former Google autonomous start up) already has a tractor driving building to building with a human behind the wheel but doesn’t touch anything. I personally believe this will be accelerated once 5g hits.

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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I'm in favor of anything that can get my pizza delivered fast and safely.

PJ's Comment
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All this tech stuff is great to banter about. I think the gov’t will allow certain limits, but in the end diesel trucks will still be the norm for the simple fact the states and fed’s make way too much tax money on it. Things will change eventually, they always do but it will be slow enough not to interrupt the cash cow

G-Town's Comment
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This is coming sooner than most people think. I work for a very large carrier and they have already put in an order for the Tesla trucks that aren’t even in production yet. The technology is further along than most people will admit. TuSimple (former Google autonomous start up) already has a tractor driving building to building with a human behind the wheel but doesn’t touch anything. I personally believe this will be accelerated once 5g hits.

Have you ever flown on a commercial airline? What happens when the technology fails or malfunctions? The pilot and copilot takeover and fly the plane. And when the pilot and copilot are not properly trained? Do you not follow the news and the recent grounding of the most sophisticated airplane in history?

The margin of error is far greater in the air than on the interstate.

Until the infrastructure is completely controlled, meaning all vehicles are autonomous, the mass adoption of this technology is decades away. And there will always be driving jobs; they will take-on a completely different meaning. Something none of us can predict at this point.

That said...think what you will. But I’ll be happy driving until retirement.

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Andrew J.'s Comment
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This is coming sooner than most people think. I work for a very large carrier and they have already put in an order for the Tesla trucks that aren’t even in production yet. The technology is further along than most people will admit. TuSimple (former Google autonomous start up) already has a tractor driving building to building with a human behind the wheel but doesn’t touch anything. I personally believe this will be accelerated once 5g hits.

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Have you ever flown on a commercial airline? What happens when the technology fails or malfunctions? The pilot and copilot takeover and fly the plane. And when the pilot and copilot are not properly trained? Do you not follow the news and the recent grounding of the most sophisticated airplane in history?

The margin of error is far greater in the air than on the interstate.

Until the infrastructure is completely controlled, meaning all vehicles are autonomous, the mass adoption of this technology is decades away. And there will always be driving jobs; they will take-on a completely different meaning. Something none of us can predict at this point.

That said...think what you will. But I’ll be happy driving until retirement.

I’ve been reading a lot about this and of course I’ve been reading the “know it alls” on the internet talking about how it’s going to take jobs by the end of 2020. Even this TUSimple company saying they are going to replace the driver by the end of next year. The most annoying part of this is the arrogance of that company. They say stupid things like we’re going to replace all drivers by the end of next year and stuff like we’re going to do the driving so you don’t have to blah blah blah. I do hope they fail. Even the name TUSimple is arrogance in itself. But your explanation is probably the most accurate prediction of what’s to come.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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