Autonomous Truck Driving Taking Over?

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Hasani D.'s Comment
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I’m starting to feel like recently getting my cdl is a waste because self driving trucks are going to take over in the next ten years. What do you think of this new technology?


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PackRat's Comment
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No worries. I'll believe this when it happens. Technology always advances.

G-Town's Comment
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John S.'s Comment
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My brother was a program manager for Tesla, and now he makes autonomous drones. He's an aeronautical and mechanical engineer. He thinks self-driving trucks are going to happen in less than 10 years. I hope he's wrong because I want to drive longer than that.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Yawn is right. This is a non issue. The roads we drive on are terrible in many places. What do other drivers think about this: Are the interstates and state highways deteriorating faster than they can be fixed? I’ve recently driven over roads that are so rough that it makes me admire the engineering of the truck to trailer, 5th wheel/king pin connection. How do the units stay together? Amazing.

And then people think autonomous trucks are coming soon to a highway near you? No, no, maybe in 50 to 100 years, if that. Just think about everything that would need to happen for that to come about. We can’t even afford to maintain what we already have. The new infrastructure needed to accommodate Autonomous trucks would cost trillions and more trillions.


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


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.
G-Town's Comment
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Ask any experienced driver on this forum... whenever it rains the accident avoidance sensors in the front of the trucks so equipped... become disabled.

Rinse and repeat... yawn.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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An article I posted here 3 or 4 years ago said within 5 years half of the trucks on the road will be automated, we've seen a handful at most that are under close supervision.

Most of the new trucks have safety features like lane keeping that can't tell what's a lane vs a crack in the ground or a radar that can't tell the difference between a sign and something that poses a real threat.

So I doubt you have to worry about being out of a job in 10 years. Plus even best case scenario it will take longer than that to build enough automated trucks to replace the 2 million trucks on the road.

Remember planes still have 2 pilots and there is a lot less to run into in the air.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Ill worry more about it when they can get self flushing toilets and self running faucets to work correctly.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Ill worry more about it when they can get self flushing toilets and self running faucets to work correctly.

Davy, don’t you know about the new toilet technology? Remember the “clapper”, the light you could turn on/off by just clapping your hands? Well now they have advanced that technology to toilets. They are called Clapper Crappers.

Andrey's Comment
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Yes! This is a true evil! Auto faucets! And I have only one plate, two cups, a bowl and some silverware to take care of...

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