The End of the American truck driver

Discussion in 'UPS Freight' started by Teamsta II, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. maxicoze

    maxicoze Member

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    i'm not opposed to the technology, but i just can't see it going totally driverless. Too many variables.

    i envision maybe something like linehaul being automated and then local drivers do the local deliveries/final drop offs-------oh wait we already do that----WITH TRAINS.

    ATMS are in almost every shopping mall/plaza AND at every bank, yet there are still bank tellers............
     
  2. BillyLo

    BillyLo Service 2.0 OD Strong All Time Mastio Champion

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    I'm going to be an Owner Operator then, put ol BillyLo on the side of the door and send that truck down the highway while I stay home, drink a beer give my cat whiskerlick'n treats while those paychecks pile in.

    Might even have my robo truck pull some of that UPSF freight that the teamster robo trucks are pulling.
     
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    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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  5. Teamsta II

    Teamsta II dribble is dribble

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  6. maxicoze

    maxicoze Member

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    But the driver is/was still needed after the truck got off the interstate. So this is more like a "SuperCruise" at this point, which i'm not opposed to.

    i think what MAY happen is that drivers will still be necessary, but dependent on what the rules are (if it's ok to sleep while the truck is in motion) then the pay will be cut in half, but the driver is able to do twice the amount of work, so the overal pay will stay the same---at the end of the week the driver will make the same pay as before, while the company gets double the productivity. The truck can be run like a team, but with only one driver.

    Will comment more when there is more time.
     
  7. LTLIndentured

    LTLIndentured Well-Known Member

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    Think on this... Auto trucks drive themselves safely by slowing down; proximity alerts, collision avoidance, etc. what happens when a competitor hires people to harass a auto truck by cutting him off or slowing him down repeatedly to kill opposition transit times. It would be like a constant snow event. Sounds far fetched, but possible I guess
     
  8. DayliteDean

    DayliteDean Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Those Automated vehicles have dozens of cameras mounted on them,after whoever's monitoring the vehicle makes a few phone calls,the stunt driver will quickly find himself spread eagled on the hood of his vehicle. Even if the authorities allow the driverless truck I can't see Hazmat being moved on one of them.
     
  9. Dracula

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    never happen, can't get insurance or will not be able to afford it.
     
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  10. BROWN22

    BROWN22 Active Member

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    What are you smokin lol
     
  11. Dracula

    Dracula Well-Known Member

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    Don't smoke but there have been days where Scotch, ice, and water may have been involved. Seriously, what insurance company is going to issue a policy to cover a 80,000 lb drone sharing the road with a bus load of lawyers? What company could afford to self insure?
     
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  12. pops11359

    pops11359 Banned

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    Well most if not all of the mega carriers are self insured. Just as with health insurance they pay a third party to administer the plan.
     
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  13. stryker

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    I don't see it in the next 20 years. We all have the lane alert on the trucks and 3/4 of the time the sensors can not detect the lane for various reasons to foggy raining to hard the lines are to faded. So what happens then the truck just stop and wait.
     
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    Dracula Well-Known Member

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  15. Joesnow

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    This will never pan out, too many problems, you need people.
     
  16. the5tolls

    the5tolls I hope we make it to 19....got my NO ready

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    They will never be able to teach those driverless trucks when it is appropriate to blow the air horn and flip someone the bird.....when they accomplish that then maybe I will get worried!
     
  17. Canadian Flyer

    Canadian Flyer Speedy Freightshaker #411

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    It will be at least 30 years before the autonomous trucks outnumber the regular ones. This technology is still in it's infancy, and a driver still has to be behind the wheel and attentive in case something goes wrong.

    If the carriers want to pay less for that job, they'll find it's a job nobody wants to do. The costs won't outweigh the benefits as long as a driver is needed, and the technology is far too imperfect to replace us. Even the most sophisticated version of this technology, developed for military use, still has a fallible weakness in the form of the laser scanning system that tells the vehicle what's around it.

    Planes can take off, fly, and land themselves. Most plane crashes are attributed to pilot error. In theory, allowing the plane to fly itself is safer. But would you board a drone? A plane without a pilot in case something goes wrong? I sure wouldn't, and most people don't want to share the road with a driverless truck, either.
     
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  18. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY Last, bag standing

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    I would doubt any trucking company, no matter how big, is totally self insured. More like they pay the first portion, like say a million for example in an accident situation,and then carry a policy to cover the claim or lawsuit above that.
     
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    Except for ceo's and banker's. Oh and wall st. executives. I disagree about the free college tuition med, etc, real americans don't need those. But for the rest of us there will ber debtor prisons.
     
  20. skullcramp

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    Good for you been doing this 38 years and still paying my dues.
     

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