Is Long-Haul Trucking At Risk Due to Autonomous Driving?

So often we see rows and rows of tractor-trailers driving at night and lined up in traffic jams during interstate highway construction. What toll does that type of driving take on the over-the-road long-haul drivers?

There have been limitations put on the number of hours drivers can sit behind the wheel of a semi without a break and still companies want more efficiency and delivery times for the load being carried. In Pennsylvania, we see the long-haul trucking industry being slapped with speed restrictions, too. That’s probably because they go too fast?

Any driver of a passenger vehicle knows how dangerous it is to be in front of or behind a tractor-trailer when there anyone slams on the brakes to avoid a collision.

Near Miss Collision With Long-Haul Trucking Driver

I’ve had that scare in a rental car – driving on the Interstate in a four-cylinder Chrysler in a construction zone and the guy merging didn’t look left and began to swerve into the oncoming vehicle. That vehicle began to merge into my lane, and on my left was the cement barricade. I slammed on the brakes, looked in the rear view mirror and saw a semi barreling down on my behind. I attempted to hit the gas pedal to accelerate and shouted to my daughter, “We’re gonna die!” In a split second I swerved right hoping that the way was clear as I only had two seconds to react. Just as I got to the right lane the semi screamed past me. It was a white-knuckle drive all the way home upon which I freaked out hysterically at what had just happened.

Apparently, there are 1.7 million truckers in the long-haul trucking industry. Add another 1.7 million taxis, buses; delivery vehicles, and how many Uber drivers do you think there are in the U.S. now?
Think about the person who drives truck for a living. Many of them are not owner-operators; instead, they need to be employed by a large trucking company and trained to become a long-haul trucking employee. There are many blue-collar workers who need these jobs.

Guess what?

The long-haul trucking industry is poised to go the way of self-driving trucks. Those middle-class wage earners who depend on long-haul trucking for their livelihood are at risk. What will happen to them? Where will they work? Do you think these drivers should go back to school and learn how to be a plumber, electrician, or other technically trained employee?

So many industries have been disrupted are facing disruptions.

Auto Body Repair Industry

Think now to the body shop, collision center and auto body repair industry. There are many large insurance companies trying to automate the auto body claims process. Instead of having the normal fleet of claims specialists travel from car to car and inspect collision damage, they are developing bays for vehicles with automated photography to assess damage. The estimate for the collision spits out and that’s that.

What does that mean for claim adjusters working for insurance companies? There is a strong likelihood they will also lose their jobs to automation in the near future. It may take eight years, but every company is seeking help to reduce expenditures in human capital.
Perhaps what we’re saying is that technology is leading each of us to reconsider our future. If your industry has not already been automated in some way, shape or form, then you need to start believing that it’s going to happen.
Whether you’re a truck driver, or pizza delivery guy, your job may be extinct within your lifetime.

As for the auto body repair industry? You need to select quality collision repair centers like Alan’s Collision Center in NE Philadelphia that makes it its priority to repair your vehicle with hands, not robots. While it uses technology to perfect the repair, Alan’s Collision Center is staffed with a team of hard-working, trained and certified auto body repair technicians who always put the customer first.

Choose Alan’s Collision Center, and you won’t be disappointed. Honest.