â€œThe only human beings left in the modern supply chain are truck drivers. If you go to a modern warehouse now, say Amazon or Walmart, the trucks are unloaded by machines, the trucks are loaded by machines, they are put into the warehouse by machines. Then there is a guy, probably making $10 an hour, with a load of screens watching these machines. Then what you have is a truckersâ€™ lounge with 20 or 30 guys standing around getting paid. And that drives the supply chain people nuts,â€� he says.
The goal, he believes, is to get rid of the drivers and â€œhave ultimate efficiencyâ€�.
â€œI think this is imminent. Five years or so. This is a space race â€“ the race to get the first driverless vehicle that is viable,â€� says Murphy. â€œMy fellow drivers donâ€™t appear to be particularly concerned about this. They think itâ€™s way off into the future. All the people I have talked to on this book tour, nobody thinks this is imminent except for me. Me and Elon Musk, I guess.â€�â€�
End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker?