How Long Can We Expect To Drive Before Trucks and Cars are Automated?

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  1. DARKNIGHTRUCKER

    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

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    I've been thinking about this alot lately. Was listening to some documentaries and podcasts about how self driving cars and trucks have been developed already.

    This made me think will we always have jobs as truck drivers or will we be replaced by machines ? And if the later is to be true how long until that might happen ?

    Not intended as a troll topic at all. In the past 50-70 years there's been alot of jobs eliminated or cut down severly due to technological advancements and I'm sure you see stuff about self driving vehicles and remote controlled ones for a while now.

    This is still a valid question for drivers just getting started bc were worried about career stability long term
     
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  3. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

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    Either next year, 5 years, 20 years, or 100 years. Maybe never. There's really no predicting this. Some say that the self driving path they're on is a dead end and will never actually achieve self driving. Other's say it's already solved. I'm in the former camp. Knowing what they call AI these days I think we need a Nikola Tesla to break the mold and take the true path, if there is one. For now I don't worry about it.
     
  4. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    Until they start talking about automating my moffett and robots loading and strapping my trailer for me, I won’t take the idea very seriously.
     
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  5. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Heavy Load Member

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    I give the first one a single run down Vale before our job security is without doubt again. Besides, no automated truck will ever be able to perform ALL tasks of our job on its own. It will ALWAYS require SOME kind of outside intervention
     
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  6. DARKNIGHTRUCKER

    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

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    That's why I mentioned the remote controlled stuff as well
     
  7. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Heavy Load Member

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    Because Vale with a time delay is much better? I wouldn't do it. First time was interesting enough in real time
     
  8. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Medium Load Member

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    Cars? 3-5 years you’ll see self driving

    trucks? Fully self driving? At least 20 years, maybe never.
     
  9. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Latter, not later. Just a small correction and I hope the mods don't ban be yet again for showing someone the correct word that they truly intended to use.

    But DarkKnightTrucker...
    your question is a valid one.
    The way things are going it won't be 20 years before all the long haul stuff is taken over by automated tech.
    Our jobs will consist of a few miles between depot stations and the final destination.

    Boring and unsatisfying work, for sure.
    And I doubt it will pay as well.

    That is, unless, that tech does not pan out in the end.
    There are many variables when it comes to trucking. More so than nearly any other field of work.
     
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  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Whenever the first one makes it thru wyoming in january , thats when i will get worried. Until then hammer down
     
  11. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Heavy Load Member

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    I daresay Wyoming period. ESPECIALLY when they're loaded super light or (god forbid) empty
     
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