With autonomous, or self-driving, trucks becoming a reality, the opportunities for growth and development in the shipping industry are endless. It can be difficult to pinpoint the impact automation will have on this thriving sector of our economy, but experts remain enthused about the upcoming transformation.
Many carriers are beginning to draft policies that outline the responsibilities and liabilities of drivers operating an autonomous truck. Professionals in the field fear that the drivers will put too much trust into a system that is new and not yet perfected. These policies will ensure that drivers are knowledgeable and remain attentive to the self-driving vehicles.
Autonomous trucks could completely change traditional trucking procedures. Currently, a single truck driver hauls a load across the country. Self-driving trucks could allow drivers to switch off mid-route without confusion or delay. This idea could make truck driving a more ideal career for people who do not want to be away from their families and home for a significant amount of time. In addition, these autonomous trucks could give drivers their required eight- to ten-hour break without having to delay the route, according to Commercial Carrier Journal. This means more efficiency for shipments.
Professionals within the shipping industry hope that the introduction of this new technology will end the struggle to recruit and retain truck drivers. With the potential to operate a self-driving vehicle, drivers will be more excited to take part in the advancing industry. On the other hand, a change in operations would require strong leadership in the industry, according to Transport Topics.
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