Driverless trucks could be the future of delivery, according to an article from TechCrunch. Businesses would save money in labor costs and drive time because the driverless trucks would be able to drive nearly around the clock, whereas drivers are mandated by law to have an eight hour break for every 11 hours of driving. The automated trucks, however, would also eliminate many jobs from the U.S. economy. In addition to eliminating truck driving jobs, rest stops, gas stations, and motels that provide services for truck drivers could greatly suffer from losing that business.
Regulators will be understandably reluctant to allow technology with the potential to eliminate so many jobs.
Yet the benefits from adopting it will be so huge that we can’t simply outlaw it. A 400 percent price-performance improvement in ground transportation networks will represent an incredible boost to human well-being. Where would we be if we had banned mechanized agriculture on the grounds that most Americans worked in farming when tractors and harvesters were introduced in the early 20th century?
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