The rise of autonomous trucks is coming, mostly thanks to Amazon. Technology is being developed now that will allow companies to send trucks onto the highway without a driver. Thanks to more and more people buying online, and a shortage of drivers, companies believe that self-driving trucks is the future.
The trucking industry needs more drivers to meet rising demand, especially from retailers who are under pressure to deliver to customers as fast as Amazon. A trucker’s lifestyle — which requires long hours on the road, heavy lifting and weeks away from home on long hauls — hasn’t appealed to younger workers. Self-driving and semi-autonomous trucks, like those in development at Embark, TuSimple and Tesla, could help fill the gap. This report is from CNBC.
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