There are a lot of small players in the trucking industry. Once the technology is proved out safety-wise, some of those small players will bet big on the technology -- and they will be able to deliver goods faster and cheaper than their competitors, particularly over long distances. Competitors will be forced to adapt quickly. Unions might be able to stall the safety approvals on the front end (particularly if there's a Democrat in the White House), but once the technology is in the marketplace it will be irresistible.Import78 said:
I'm not sure about this. The Teamsters Union is pretty strong and I'm sure they would be up in arms about the loss of jobs possible safety issues. My wife is terrified of semis on the interstate. I bet she would quickly succumb to the argument that a truck without a driver is more dangerous than one with a driver. That may not be true, but the optics will probably sway her. My bet is that unless a company has the bankroll to switch over a large chunk of their fleet at once it won't happen any time soon. It probably won't get mandated by the government either. Who's going to vote to eliminate that many jobs?
I would like to see it, I'm just not sure it will happen before it takes over the private/domestic sector.