The advancement of the self driven vehicle, pertaining to all technologies involved will make the American truck driver virtually extinct as soon as 10 years with largest and most profitable companies. Though there will probably always be some companies who can't afford the new tech, they will be put out of business by the company's that don't have to pay drivers to drive their vehicles. The first to be affected will certainly be the point to point drop and hook jobs. Then eventually even local delivery driver will be replaced. There will probably be human who rides along at first or will be the unload-er or such, but the day is coming. The companies will no longer have to worry about any human problems with drivers(licences, dot physicals, most importantly, no hours of service). So basically if you have 15 years or more years to go before you can retire, you may want to contemplate your future today, and make some plans. The American truck driver will be a thing of the past.