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Guest Author: Allie C. Bennett

Artificial intelligence (AI), alongside automation, will revolutionize commercial trucking

Automation is met with concerns about a changing labor market

In recent years, companies have found it difficult to recruit truck drivers so automation is being looked at as a way to fill the gap. However, many unions are concerned that this would lead to lots of drivers losing their jobs. While one study suggests that possibly up to 500,000 jobs could be affected by the shift to autonomous driving, the same study also noted that this change would create newer and less strenuous jobs, especially at truck stops. Operators would be needed to switch trailers, provide maintenance, and offer customer service, to name but a few. There are still lots of technological limitations that come with AI and automation, and our current fleet technology won’t be able to do work beyond what’s required for safe driving until further adoption occurs and more live data is being processed. It’s likely that human input would instead shift to more valuable roles as the industry progresses with the adoption of the new fleet technology.

Despite the advances in technology, full automation still requires some improvements before full adoption is feasible

Currently, automated vehicles are allowed on the roads in twenty-nine states including, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. A primary concern of regulators is the challenge of getting the vehicles to perform in adverse road conditions like snow and fog.

by: Allie C. Bennett

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