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Autonomous Semis Could Impact Local Trucking Companies

Autonomous Semis Could Impact Local Trucking Companies

Posted: Tue Jan 16 18:35:14 PST 2018
Updated: Tue Jan 16 18:35:15 PST 2018

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cars could be hitting the roadways in the next 5 to 10 years. now the conversation is shifting to how it's going to impact jobs within the trucking industry. here at tp trucking they're saying they're ready to adapt to new technology, but they still need drivers behind the wheel." today three local trucking companies told me a lack of qualified drivers is the biggest problem within their industry right now. david hopkins/ logistics manager, tp trucking: "now the younger generation doesn't want to be in a truck, they don't want to be away from home. so they aren't interested in becoming truck drivers." while self-driving cars could pose another risk to this industry...the local companies say they still need drivers for safety reasons. tp trucking says the majority of the driving in an autonomous semi will be done by the computer...and the trucker is there for oversight. david hopkins/ logistics manager, tp trucking: "what happens when an autonomous truck, the computer goes down all of a sudden and the truck is going down the road. that's one of the reasons to have an individual there." siskiyou transportation thinks we won't be seeing autonomous trucks for awhile because the public isn't fully on board yet. mark gibson/president of siskiyou transportation: "a lot of that is just going to be convincing the public that this is a safe mode." professional transportation services says autonomous semis will be a great job boost for smaller companies like their's. today it told me once the big box trucking companies go digital ...there will be more drivers for them to hire. nick hewitt/ owner, professional transportation services inc.: "it will probably in the short term companies agree there needs to be major infrastructure and safety improvements before they could use autonomous trucks for their specialized companies. in central point, kate houston, newswatch12. [a20]rcc groundbreaking-intro rogue community college broke ground
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