It has been estimated that up to 10 percent of the U.S. workforce is, in some way, related to driving vehicles. With this many workers tasked with some form of driving on the job, the labor costs associated with this industry are absolutely staggering. In fact, the main costs involved in the transportation of goods across America’s roadways are the labor costs associated with paying the drivers.
One of America’s foremost internet entrepreneurs, Jason Hope, has recently stepped aside from running his technological empire in order to begin blogging about issues related to technology, innovation and the coming revolution that will be spurred on by the Internet of Things. Although Hope has identified many areas that would be completely transformed forever by the coming technologies encompassed in the Internet of Things, one area in particular, the driving trades, is an area that he says will be radically and deeply revolutionized, leading to a workplace that will be much different in the future than it is today.
Hope is quick to point out that, although things like completely autonomous semi trucks may seem farfetched or even frightening to many people, the truth is that the technology that allows this to happen is already here. Hope cites the fact that the first fully autonomous delivery through a semi truck was made in October of 2010. Not only does this prove the concept, the delivery went off so flawlessly that, Hope says, this technology could probably be deployed today, if it were not for the stringent regulations that prevent its widespread adoption. In fact, Hope believes that the main obstacle to implementing widespread automated delivery systems, including self-driving taxis in self-driving local delivery vehicles, is nothing more than the regulation lag that inevitably occurs with revolutionary new technologies.
Hope believes that the coming years will see the radical adoption of self-driving technology throughout many states. He cites the state of California as an example of a place where self driving cars are increasingly becoming the norm. Although legislation has moved slowly in the case of California, Hope believes that, once the model is proven and self-driving cars become a reality in one state, the technology and the willingness to regulate this activity will quickly spread to other states in the union.
Hope believes that self-driving technology is completely inevitable. Rather than being afraid of it or staving off what they can’t stop, people should embrace the new technology and learn to use it to their benefit.
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