Future of Autonomous Trucks

Imagine driving down a road and looking into the window of a truck and seeing no driver.  That is starting to become the reality of the trucking industry! The invention of autonomous trucks are becoming more popular as the technology improves.  The use of radar and cameras on trucks are helping the truck to be more safe, but there is still a long road ahead.

Autonomous trucks driving down the road are more popular than ever
Trucking is becoming human-less. Autonomous trucks are becoming increasingly popular and being led by Uber and other technology firms.

There are fewer and fewer drivers pursuing a career in trucking every year. The FMCSA says that by 2024, there could be 175,000 less truck drivers on the road.  For this reason, trucking professionals and industry leaders are trying to get ahead by technology. Some trucking companies are using radar technology, while others are using cameras as their primary safety control and radar as backup.  

The technology already exists for trucks to drive on highways but when it comes to urban areas, there are more issues because of pedestrians, right-of-ways, traffic lights, stop signs, etc.  This is tougher to program because there are so many unknowns and it can be very dangerous for pedestrians crossing the street. The truck must also understand all rules of the road and be as alert as a real truck driver before it can become more popular.  

As of October 2017, there have been autonomous trucks delivering for FrigidAire.  They are currently making 650 mile trips from Texas to California only, but are looking to increase the number of places that they drive and the distance that they drive. FrigidAire uses companies that use radar technology.  

Companies such as TuSimple use cameras to pinpoint where on the road they are, and where there are other vehicles.  They equip the truck with about 10 cameras and use radar as backup. These cameras can detect danger 300 meters which provides the truck plenty of time to stop in case of an emergency.  

While both of those technologies still use a human to override control if needed, the real future of the industry is eliminating the human element, and that is what Uber is aiming to do with their technological strides.  Currently, their trucks drive a distance on the highway, but as soon as the truck exits the highway, a driver enters the truck to in to take it the rest of the way.

The trucking industry, regulated by the FMCSA, always tries to keep up with the newest technology to keep their truckers and other people on the roads safe.  Autonomous trucks are the newest technology in the industry and can help solve the issue of a declining number of truck drivers. Technologies such as radar technology and cameras on trucks will eventually be able to eliminate the need for trucker drivers behind the wheel.

4 Reasons to Become a Truck Driver

Truck driving may be a great career choice for you. There are many benefits to becoming a truck driver. With the shortage of truck drivers, Class A CDL licensed drivers are making more money than ever before in addition to the great benefits that they are receiving.

1. The pay is above average

Class A CDL drivers are making an average of $45,000 per year, which is well
above the average factory worker. This is due in part to the shortage of drivers that are available. Qualified drivers are earning more every year.

2. The benefits can help you and your family

Many trucking companies will give you benefits such as dental, medical, paid
time off and a 401k. These benefits can help you stay safe and healthy, while also enjoying your time off with your family.

 

3. Get paid to travel the country

Being a truck driver means you are getting paid to drive. Imagine all the things
that you could see while you were driving. If you are driving a load from New
York to Texas, you would be driving through so many different states and seeing so many cultures and landscapes.

 

4. Meet new people from all over the country

Traveling across the country and stopping at different rest-stops, along the way,
means you will have the opportunity to meet new people. It can be a great
opportunity to make connections and network. Another opportunity to meet people will come when you get to your final destination and drop off your load.

There are many benefits to becoming a truck driver and the benefits are only increasing. As less people are becoming truck drivers, the benefits continue to increase in order to attract them. Qualified drivers can earn well above the average and get the opportunity to travel.

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