End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker – fascinating story

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The 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 trucker’s lounge with 20 or 30 guys standing around getting paid. And that drives the supply chain people nuts, he says.

The goal, he believes, is to get rid of the drivers and have ultimate efficiency. I think this is imminent. Five years or so. This is a space race, the race to get the first driverless vehicle that is viable, Murphy. My fellow drivers don’t appear to be particularly concerned about this. They think it’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

End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker?
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/10/american-trucker-automation-jobs
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