Trucking in the future
As rumors swirl around of where the trucking industry is heading, sometimes it is hard to decipher which is probable and what is just a fairytale. We are here to show you where we are heading in the near or in the distant future.
Yes, we have all heard the whispers of how self-driving trucks may soon be crowding the roads. This is not a rumor. This is becoming very real. In fact, in Nevada, it’s already happening.
Daimler, the largest truck manufacturer in the world, has been working on building a self-driving semi-truck. Although they have not gotten as much media attention as Google, they already have made a truck that is licensed to operate on the public highways in Nevada.
Even in the State of Colorado, where a couple of our offices are located, the tech company Otto set a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous journey by a semi-truck. The self-driving truck delivered 51,744 cans of Budweiser from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.
Another self-driving creation is from a company called Einride called the “T-Pod.” This vehicle is self-driven and can be controlled remotely and is set to be tested in 2017.
Although this can be concerning, a self-driving truck makes a trucker’s job much easier. Instead of having to stay focused on the road always, the trucker can be free to do other tasks while the car can drive itself down the highway. Most of these cars are not fully autonomous yet, so most truck drivers won’t lose their jobs immediately.
The Job Market
As most of you have heard, the job market in the trucking industry has been suffering from a shortage of drivers. This is not due to lack of work because truck drivers are hauling more freight than ever before. The industry is becoming more and more demanding by the year, but the interest in becoming a truck driver is also declining by the year.
With that being said, this is where the self-driving trucks will help the industry. With the autonomy of driving these trucks, the job becomes a lot less grueling and some trucks won’t even need a driver. This ultimately will help the current drivers from exhausting themselves and will attract a new audience of people while still being able to deliver freight on time.
In order to release fewer emissions, the trucking industry is starting to shift toward creating “cleaner” cars. In fact, Tesla will be unveiling its’ first commercial vehicle on October 26th and it’s an electric semi-truck. It is estimated this is truck could be 70% cheaper to operate, which is obviously a positive for everyone.
If Tesla’s model proves to be successful, this could be a huge step in the direction for the electric truck movement.