Robots Could Replace 1.7 Million Truckers in Next Decade

Published by , October 31, 2016 2:25 am

(Tucson.com) Trucks without human hands at the wheel could be on U.S. roads within a decade, analysts and industry executives say. The Obama administration put its weight behind automated driving, for the first time releasing Federal guidelines for the systems. About a dozen states already have created laws that allow for the testing of self-driving vehicles. But the federal government, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will ultimately have to set rules to safely accommodate 80,000-pound autonomous trucks on U.S. highways.
“We are going to see a wave and an acceleration in automation, and it will affect job markets,” said Jerry Kaplan, a Stanford lecturer and the author of “Humans Need Not Apply” and “Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know,” which chronicle the effect of robotics on labor.

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