January 21st, 2017 | Trucking Industry

First of all, “Driverless trucks” still need drivers, with CDL licenses, to maneuver the truck off the highway, on city streets and in and out of loading docks and delivery destinations.

Uber's OTTO Driverless Truck courtesy of Wikipedia

Uber’s trucking line, OTTO, on October 26, 2016, tested one of their self-driving trucks in Colorado. The truck drove itself through 125 miles of the I-25 highway from Fort Collins, through Denver to Colorado Springs.

Autonomous driving technology means that while a human driver accompanied the beer delivery, he only had to navigate the truck to the highway before turning on the self-driving mode. Otto’s hardware uses laser detection, radar bolts, and a high precision camera to do the job. It’s also compatible with any truck that has an automatic transmission. ~ Curbed

Just like an airplane can run on “autopilot” while in the air at the cruising altitude, it still needs that pilot. The pilot has to be there for take-offs, landings and to deal with any mechanical issues that may arise. By the same token, driverless trucks still need a driver with a CDL license to drive it to the highway. At that point, he can put it on “autopilot”, that is, put it on its “self-driving” mode, and then relax.

Still, autonomous trucks will drastically impact the American trucking industry, which hauls 70 percent of the nation’s freight. Self-driving trucks will be able to operate 24 hours a day without driver fatigue, a fact that could make roads safer and decrease costs.

In conclusion, driverless trucks are not driverless!

If you get your CDL license now, you’ll still a job when more of these autonomous tech trucks hit the road. Then you can really enjoy the ride!