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Driverless Trucks Already Being Tested; Three Million-Plus Truck Drivers to Lose Their Jobs Soon

Published on April 28, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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Melissa Dykes

According to the American Trucking Association, there are some 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States alone.

That’s 3.5 million people who may lose their jobs once driverless trucks hit the roads in full force… which appears to be in the not-too-distant future.

Tech Crunch reports that a convoy of these trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived without incident at their destination at the Port of Rotterdam for 75% cheaper than it would have cost had human beings been driving them:

Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks…

A large part of the economic efficiency boost will include the fact that driverless trucks never get tired and can drive for 24 hours straight non-stop, whereas humans obviously need to eat, take pee breaks, and sleep. Drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours a day and are required to take breaks each day. “That means the technology would effectively double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost,” Tech Crunch explains.

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