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Will automated trucks be a job killer? – A pro & con debate

The trucking business faces profound changes. (Photo: iStock / shotbydave)

The automation of trucks will offer huge benefits for the industry as well as consumers. But what happens to the millions of drivers when trucks become more and more autonomous? Will most of them lose their job? We have asked two experts that hold polar opposite views. Read the controversial pro & con debate.

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The automation of trucks will offer huge benefits for the industry as well as consumers. But what happens to the millions of drivers when trucks become more and more autonomous? Will most of them lose their job? We have asked two experts that hold polar opposite views. Read the controversial pro & con debate.

Who has the better arguments? What do you think? Will truck automation be a job killer? Share your thoughts with the community!

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Dummy User
DanielRhb
at 12.08.2016 12:46:04

They will, but not in the next couple of years...

The technology will support the driver in his job. Lane departure warning systems, cruise control and much more systems had shown, that they can be very useful. The [Show more...]same will happen with automated driving systems. They will support the driver, they give more security and comfort. But the driver will stay the supervisor. At the beginning...
But the technology will come to a point, where the trucks can be drive by themself. Automated guided vehicles are a good example for this. Automated trains as well.
The development of our technology had increased exponentially in the last 100 years. Imagine, where we will be in the next 100 years...
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Dummy User
2025AD_Team
at 16.08.2016 15:25:12

Reply to They will, but not in the next couple of years...

Automated trucks: a pro and con debate

You raise an interesting point. In the foreseeable future, automated technology will support and assist those in the driver's cabin - as our recent infographic shows: https://www.2025ad.com/in-the-news/blog/truck-platooning-infographic/

But will [Show more...]there be a tipping point, as Scott Santens suggests in his op-ed? Will trucks evolve from automated to fully autonomous vehicles that render human drivers obsolete? Whatever path the freight industry / logistics sector and its ways of moving goods from A to B may take: these changes won't happen overnight - but the expected consequences for labor markets will continue to be up for discussion! [Show less...]

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