Truck drivers may be a thing of the past. Daimler Trucks’ self-driving semi-trucks have been making test runs on state highways in Nevada with drivers serving as “logistics engineers” – meaning they are make sure everything runs smoothly while the truck drives itself. But while other companies like Google have focused on self-driving cars, we are much more likely to see self-driving trucks in the near future due to the simple fact that the types of roads trucks travel – interstates – are not filled with red lights, intersections, or numerous turns, which means the truck’s guidance systems don’t have as much to worry about. Groups are split as to whether this will be a good or bad thing for the industry – while the trucks will put less stress on drivers, there is also the danger that it will lower the demand for trucker jobs.
Do you think the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to self-driving trucks? And do you think self-driving vehicles are inevitable?