A recent article that was sent to me by an astute viewer talks about the first load with no human interaction. Robot dispatchers found a load, booked it (on an automated site) and a robot truck delivered it. It says "no human intervention was required". OK, how did the load get loaded and unloaded? I guess yard people at each end could open the trailer doors or they could use a roll up door. Either way I find it interesting. Brokers will be put out of business by a robot. For many, that will be very satisfying. Take a look at the article HERE.
There are those that will be angry about this but it is coming and we need to realize it. When the light bulb was invented there were candle makers put out of work. That does not mean we should not have light bulbs. Keep up with technology as it moves along, don't try to stop it or slow it down. A job, like a freight broker, is an easily replaceable job and it will be automated. Heck, there are kiosks in McDonald's now. Why? The cashier is easily replaceable. It is harder to replace a driver but that day will come. As computers get faster and smarter we will also be replaced. I am going to predict that it won't happen in any widespread way for 15-20 years but it is coming. It would be another 20-30 years for most drivers to be replaced. Still, even today there are candle makers and there will always be drivers. Get the most training and qualifications you can, especially if you are young and just starting out in trucking. I suppose at some point there will be robot Mark writing this blog. For today it is still me!
See you on the road!
Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.