THE END OF THE TRUCKERS ? * USA - Cause: Driverless vehicles ?
* California - Out of road: New self-driving technology threatens an American way of life
The United States has more than three million truck drivers, many of whom drive long-haul, or “over the road” as it’s known in the business. As one of the highest paying jobs available that does not require a college degree, trucking can be an economic lifeline. But its future is increasingly uncertain... As the sun sets, the parking lot starts to fill up with drivers stopping for the night. Sleeping in the truck is an integral part of the job... Patrick Spicer, a 20-year veteran of the industry, comment: "There is no future in trucking. In 10 or 15 years, these will all be autonomous trucks. There is no way to stop it"... The drivers wondered how robotic vehicles would be regulated, since human drivers are limited to 11 hours’ driving a day under federal law. “It doesn’t get tired, it doesn’t sleep,” Ramona Saucedo, coming from a family of truck drivers says: “Will the rules change? That’s our curiosity ... And who will wash out the truck, if it gets dirty?” ...
(Photo: Future watchdogs for autonomous trucks?) -- Los Angeles, CAL, USA - Financial Times, by Leslie Hook - 31 March 2017