Driverless technology is something we’re seeing in the news more and more all the time. Technology has finally reached a point where it’s feasible for vehicles to drive themselves over long distances. Often the focus is on how this will affect private car owners but there are an increasing number of industries where workers are worried about the impact that driverless technology will have on them.
Take the trucking industry in Australia for example. Despite industry predictions about how efficient driverless trucks are and how much money they could save trucking companies, there are still many truckies who are not convinced. Frank Black is one such Truckie.
Frank thinks that Australia is far too hazardous and unpredictable a terrain for driverless trucks to work there in reality.
Franks says –
“The conditions of the road out there, you’ve got to have your wits about you,” “An automated truck would probably have a hissy fit, where a human would realise, ‘OK, I might have to detour off-road into the gully to get around it.’
“Truckies can use their sense of smell, too. If the engine starts to get hot, you can smell the coolant and go, ‘Hang on, something’s going on here,’ [and] pull over before something catastrophic happens.”
Although what Frank says makes sense, there are still many compelling reasons why trucking firms are investing in driverless technology, not least of which is the number of accidents which can be cut down on when fatigue is no longer a concern.