What will self-driving trucks mean for truck drivers?

“Last week, I put 73 hours in. You’re not getting home through the week,” Craig Hoodless says of his job behind the wheel of a truck.

“After a full day’s driving you’re mentally knackered but physically fine. Being a long-distance driver has to be a job you love. You can’t do this job if you don’t like it.”

Mr Hoodless, based in Cumbria in north-west England, is one of the more than 300,000 people employed driving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in the UK, and one of millions who do so around the globe.

The job, he says, can be long and exhausting – but rewarding at the same time.

“One day is never the same as the next, every day is different,” he says of more than two decades behind the wheel of a truck.

“It’s good money for what you do, but you’re away from home all week.”

The industry, however, may be on the cusp of a seismic change. Nearly a dozen companies around the world are working on developing autonomous trucking – in which a variety of sensors feed data to a computer that controls the vehicle.

Many have reported significant progress. California-based self-driving truck firm TuSimple, for example, is already conducting tests in Arizona and New Mexico that include depot-to-depot delivery runs – completely automated but supervised by a human.

Read more here: What will self-driving trucks mean for truck drivers? – BBC News

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