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Autonomous Trucking Overlooks Skilled Labor Need

Analysts expect automated trucks to proliferate in the next five to ten years, leading to significant job losses in the process, but the problem is the numbers do not clearly back up the predictions.

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For the first quarter, ATA reported that the annualized turnover rate for large truckload carriers with more than $30 million in revenue headed by 3% to 74%, which the ATA said is at a “near-historic” low point and down 15% annually. (July 05, 2017)

Analysts expect automated trucks to proliferate in the next five to ten years, leading to significant job losses in the process, but the problem is the numbers do not clearly back up the predictions. (April 06, 2017)

Starsky Robotics wants to solve the primary logistical challenge for the trucking industry by taking drivers off the road and target long haul services, which is primarily highway driving with short trips from the exit to the final destination. (March 12, 2017)

Embark is working to make the self-driving future a reality, and while most of the spectacle has been around passenger vehicles, Embark believes that commercial trucking, the backbone of the U.S. economy, stands to reap untold benefits by deploying autonomous trucks, particularly during the “long haul” stretches. (March 11, 2017)

In 2015, American Trucking Associations estimated that for-hire trucking companies had nearly 50,000 fewer drivers than they needed, the shortage was less severe in 2016, but the trade group expects it to worsen in coming years reported the Wall Street Journal. (March 08, 2017)

To address these findings, the industry will need to develop a program that specifically targets younger generations of workers with appropriate messaging, including the benefits of a career in trucking. (December 25, 2016)

The ATA said that the second quarter turnover rate at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped six points to 83 percent, which ATA said is its lowest level in five years going back to the second quarter of 2011. (September 01, 2016)

In an effort to help buyers of freight transportation and logistics services to better understand the required best practices in order to be a shipper of choice for their carrier partners, non asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider Transplace said this week it has rolled out a Preferred Shipper Checklist. (February 05, 2016)

“The cargo has been discharged, but we are still looking for an available a trucker.” (November 22, 2015)

Data issued by the American Trucking Associations today shows that the annualized driver turnover rates at large truckload fleets remains high. (October 13, 2015)

According to a new analysis by the American Trucking Associations, the shortage of truck drivers has grown to nearly 48,000 and could expand further due to industry growth and a retiring workforce. (October 06, 2015)

New ATA report shows growing shortage of qualified truck drivers - analysis shows driver shortage of 48,000 now, possibly 175,000 by 2024. (October 06, 2015)

The long-running truck driver shortage is getting worse and is limiting carriers’ expansion plans at a time when economic growth is beginning to constrain surface transportation capacity. Finding and retaining enough complaint truck drivers “is the biggest single challenge for us as an industry,” a top trucking industry executive says. (September 28, 2015)

The era of driverless trucks – or autonomous vehicles, as they are known euphemistically – may be a lot closer to reality than many people think. (August 03, 2015)

With a combination of retirements and people exiting the industry, carriers need to recruit in roughly 100,000 drivers per year over the next decade to simply keep pace with projected United States freight needs. (June 30, 2015)










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