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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I am currently set to finish my CDL school.

My dad drives for a living and absolutely loves what he does. I would ideally like to follow in his footsteps and keep the tradition going. ( UPS tractor trailer driver )

However I'm questioning the future of this industry. There are companies like TU simple , waymo , and even volvo developing driverless trucks.

This scares me not only because of my dad's future / retirement but my own future if I actually decide to go through with this. I'm 22 now and am not sure if this industry is going to be around long enough for me to do this.

I have spoken to my dad directly about this and he seems like he isn't worried about it BUT he doesn't really keep up or understand the technology.

So lastly , is this something I should just feel stupid about worrying about?

In 1997 I started working at the USPS. They had 3 "lights out facilities" completely run by robots and the mechanics who fixed them. Guess how many they have now? Zero. There is a million dollar robot sitting in a NJ since 2013 in the corner of the building collecting dust because no one realized it couldnt fit through the archways to the platform to unload the trucks.

Dont worry about it.


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  • 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.
J.D.'s Comment
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Ha-larious! A truly classic example there from Kearsey...just ponder the implications of that for a minute...What else need be said?!

J.D.'s Comment
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So...You appreciate the replies you got here, Oliver... But I wonder, how re-assuring, how helpful do you find it? Does the "threat" of the automation still slow you down? I'm wondering how much this projected future we keep hearing about is dissuading people from becoming drivers, and how much it helps to hear that there's a hopefully more convincing story there... How much it seems that those who are long-time drivers, rookies and newbies and wannabes here are just blinded by what we are biased to believe? Easy to be skeptical TT-ers see it clearly, but when you dig deeper you see it's more those who prefer to envision a driverless future that are blinded by their bias. Or do you?

Heard another story yesterday... About the company that builds those relatively realistic-moving bright yellow dog robots. It's losing money and always has, has changed hands multiple times, yet is now poised to get purchased for about a billion bux! Why? Apparently cuz nothing on the market imitating anything has been able to come close to the "realistic" behavior of these robots. But so little can go wrong there, compared to the highest of all stakes on the road... THAT's the main reason I think many here don't take autonomous road-worthy vehicles very seriously... Except, at least in my case, for their deterrent effect on those who are and will always still be needed to actually drive!


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