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New Technology Could Have Major Impact on Truck Driving

New Technology Could Have Major Impact on Truck Driving

The truck driving industry attracts new talent every year for many reasons. With solid pay and easy-to-fulfill licensing requirements, the industry sees new drivers come aboard annually looking to establish themselves as capable and reliable drivers for companies and clients. But the field is changing constantly, with everything from laws to economic factors influencing a trucker’s line of work. And new technology is also changing the way trucks work and having a major impact on how easy it is for drivers to pilot them.

Driver shortages have plagued the trucking industry for years. In spite of the favorable pay and modest entry requirements, long hours on the road and tight deadlines can cause many drivers to abandon their new line of work shortly after they enter it. In an effort to deal with the sudden loss of employees year after year, many companies have looked into autonomous vehicles. While the technology is still in its infancy and these unique vehicles will not likely be on the road regularly anytime soon, many are already considering just how these vehicles could change the trucking industry as a whole.

Not only could these vehicles help to cut costs, but they may also be used to improve route efficiency and cut down on accidents. There are many ideas about how these rigs would work, and certain prototypes of parts have already been created. Contrary to what some may believe, these vehicles will not be entirely driverless. Human action will still be needed to help the rig function properly. While the common fear of new technologies is that they will take jobs from actual workers, that isn’t the aim of autonomous trucks.

Even if humans are handling the more technical administrative aspects of the job like paperwork, scheduling, and logistics, the rise of advanced machinery in the industry will not be as devastating to the job market as many think. Given high turnover rates and a tumultuous economy, many experts think that the rise of technologies like this is the solution for making sure industries can survive in the long term.

2 Comments

  1. Steve

    Who writes this Bull Favorable Pay. drivers are working 70 hours a week to get the same pay they got back in the 80’s.Are you working for the same amount that you made back in the 80’s I really doubt it. The Industry needs to go to Autonomous Vehicles, as people are tired of being beat up dragged thru the mud all the time by people that think we are Machines to be used abused an then thrown in the trash.and that is what is being done to most Drivers.Sure there are a few that get the real deal but Most Get Crapped on all the time.

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  2. Michael Gallegos

    Regarding: New Technology Could Have Major Impact on Truck Driving

    I think most of what is written is correct; or I agree that it’s correct, except for one thing:
    pay.

    To be in the truck 24/7, and away from home and family for the same 24/7, the pay is not enough money to make it worth while.

    When I’ve delivered to California, I have waited 5 to 7 days at the TA Ontario Truck Stop, buying food, showers, maybe paying a couple day’s parking
    without compensation for being ready to take a load, no thanks for it, and no concern for the expenses incurred in the company’s interest –
    well, that means the pay sucks.

    You can get high .40s, even 50 cents/mile, but if you wait even one day for a load, the driver loses, once again – so does the company!

    I am not impressed with any company for whom I’ve worked because of accepted company paradigm that it’s okay to leave a driver without a load to financially bear the cost. They send me out on the road with a load, it gets delivered, then I get abandoned until they decide they’ve got something that “pays”.

    Planners/dispatchers should be hunting for the next load so as to not delay making the company and the driver some income. If trying, that “trying” is not good enough; it’s not competitive; not professional.

    If I drive, I want to be busy but I do not want a 104 mile load picked up on a Friday afternoon only to discover AFTER the load is assigned that I cannot deliver until 9PM on the following Monday night. That smacks of deceit. That can’t possibly be profitable to company either because I cannot drive another load that is a better paying load for us both. In a case like that, the company should have negotiated at least a trailer drop if it could not be a drop and hook.

    Some loads are sheer idiocy because sales, planners, dispatchers are distracted by not reducing wait times, not realizing costs can be reduced by real load cost negotiation, precise pre-planning, and dispatching which is, the company personnel conducting business effectively.

    Anyway, I don’t plan to drive anymore because the pay sucks for they way you have to live at the mercies of what does, doesn’t, and should occur by the actions of people who are supposed to run the office but don’t have a clue or concern about what it takes to make a good income driving trucks.
    I’m sick of the bulls**t.

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