You don’t need me to remind you that in the age of automation, jobs are at risk. One of the consequences of our increasing reliance on technology is the displacement of human workers. But while this may be an unavoidable part of our digital age, it doesn’t have to be the end of your trucking career.
Technology may replace humans inside the truck, but there will still be a number of opportunities relating to the technology that will be driving trucks in the future.
With the right commitment and resource, truck drivers should be able to access the training and education programmes they need to increase their future career options.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of time for this to happen. A combination of suspicion among the general public about autonomous vehicles and the improvements required to ensure the technology is fit for purpose, it could be 2040 before we see any real impact on drivers’ jobs.
Before then, drivers will be required to sit inside the lorries, monitoring the vehicle and taking control if there is a problem. This might not be a permanent solution, but it will mean more time for drivers to make a transition into tech.
A move into technology won’t be the answer for every driver, but it will certainly appeal to some. And the more accessible this training, the more drivers will benefit from it.
All we need is funding. And correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s a lot of money within Silicon Valley (where much of this technology is being developed).
Perhaps those companies should be the first to put their hands in their pockets. That’s not too much to ask, is it?