Self Driving Trucks
Truck drivers are responsible for delivering products for companies to our local department and grocery stores, which can be extensive hours for trained drivers to travel. There have been occasions where these drivers have got into accidents because they were either tired or couldn’t slow down in time because a car jumped in their lane with not enough space to stop. There are those that feel that they can eliminate this dilemma by having computers replace these truck drivers and reduce the number of accidents occurring. The article states that most companies are now testing self-driving trucks and could be available in the next 5-10 years.
For people like us in this field that pay attention to IT trends, we often see that technology is going to replace most of these low-skilled jobs in the near future. But I personally do not feel like truck driving is a low-skill job, being that I have family that drives trucks. The process to get your truck drivers license is rigorous. Not just anybody with a regular drivers license can drive a 18-wheeler. Unfortunately, this will not stop people from creating technology to replace any job if it can prove to be more safe and less costly. As IT gets more complex, no job is safe outside of this field.
Would you guys agree?