February 27, 2021

Job of a truck driver that changes with autonomous driving

Autonomous driving in future

In 2020, truck drivers’ work will change dramatically with the “autonomous driving trucks” realized by Artificial intelligence.

Currently, truck drivers must always hold the steering wheel while driving and focus on safe driving. At long times, I have to drive for nearly 10 hours a day, and the mental and physical load is immeasurable.

Self-driving trucks significantly reduce the load on truck drivers. By switching to autonomous driving mode on the highway, drivers no longer have to drive themselves and make better use of their time. For example, it is possible to add value to logistics work by performing office operations such as developing new customers and creating materials for solution proposals.

Also, the number of women and seniors who have previously been unsuitable for truck drivers will increase. It is thought that the realization of autonomous driving will make it relatively easy to obtain a large-sized car license, resulting in driving. It is also expected to solve the problem of shortage of human resources.

Furthermore, in autonomous driving, the accelerator and brake are automatically controlled so that AI recognizes the distance between vehicles in front and behind and keeps the distance between vehicles constant at all times. Multiple units will be able to accelerate and decelerate simultaneously, and no extra space will be created, which will help alleviate traffic congestion.

Drone delivery that delivers packages at fantastic speed

In 2020, when drone delivery services become commonplace, products ordered online will arrive at an alarming rate. What’s more, you don’t have to rush home or wait at home just because the item arrives.

In the case of trucks, which are currently the center of delivery, shipment timing is limited, and traffic jams can occur, so it often takes time from ordering an item to completing a delivery. I am. On the other hand, with drone delivery, you can fly without worrying about traffic conditions on the ground, and it will be possible to reduce delivery time significantly.

And even if you are not at home or in the office, you can know the current location of the person who ordered and have the product delivered to that location.

Furthermore, in 2020, it is expected that a “predictive shipping system” will be realized that will speed up the delivery of products. In the predictive shipping system, AI focuses on customers’ behavior browsing online shops on the Web. Based on the huge amount of consumer order data in the past and customers’ behavior, it is possible to decide whether or not to order a product vast ship the product before ordering.

 The future of driving is up to us.

However, although often excluded from the discussion, trucks are just as important. The importance of trucks in everyday life may not be as evident as automobiles, but their influence is more significant than most of us think.

Two significant advances made recently in the truck arena suggest a future. The future is that self-driving electric trucks will probably be cheaper, safer, and faster to transport goods across the United States than they are today.

Self-driving in Texas

Last week, Kodiak Robotics announced that it would begin the first commercial delivery of self-driving trucks between Dallas and Houston. The two cities are 240 miles apart, mostly connected by Interstate 45. Kodiak plans to extend that range from Texas’s center (if Dallas and Houston are) to the farthest parts of the state, such as El Paso in the west and Laredo in the south. I am.

If self-driving trucks’ operation is limited to roads in the state (and given that traffic regulation laws vary from state to state and operation is short), Texas is very An ideal place for you. Texas has a large area (thousands of miles of highways in both east-west and north-south directions), is warm (more convenient than cold for parts of autonomous driving technology such as sensors), and is closer to Mexico. Due to circumstances, both raw materials and products are continually coming and going (basically, there are not enough trucks in Texas). And most importantly, it’s loosely regulated (self-driving cars were approved in 2017).

The unfortunate information is that this truck is not entirely uncrewed. In case of an unexpected breakdown, the driver will board and get on and off the highway for safety.

The truck keeps going.

Imagine a Waymo-less car taking you around the city, rather than the sight of a 12-pack of toilet paper ordered from Amazon being transported by truck on the freeway while the driver is sleeping. It’s more fun to do. However, promoting autonomous driving and electric technology in the truck industry is significant for the following important reasons:

Trucks usually travel long distances on highways that cross states. Driving on the freeway is easy to automate because there are no pedestrians, traffic lights, or obstacles like in the city. The current problem to be solved is probably the problem of cargo rather than the problem of people. And as you know, while robots are being screamed to take jobs, the reality is that there is a massive shortage of truck drivers in the United States. Even many truck driving schools are now starting courses on it.

As Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association, said, “Trucks are an essential and informative industry for the country and its people.” Sadly, trucks aren’t as loved as cars. But think about it. Perhaps 90% of what you eat, buy, and use is being trucked at some point.

The addition of autonomous driving and electric technology should have a positive impact in every respect. The range of impact varies, including the transportation of 12 packs of toilet paper, reducing fatal accidents caused by human error, the reduction of labor incapacity, and the strengthening of the economy. You’ll surely be able to see cool trucks while driving at high speeds in your own (autonomous, electric, futuristic) car.

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