Analysis Of Automation And The Future Of The Auto Transportation Industry

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An Analysis of Automation and the Future of the Auto Transportation Industry Time and time again advancements in technology have assisted the evolution of mankind. Since Neanderthals began using stone instead of wood, and once again when ancient civilization began to use forging techniques and experimenting with different metals. This advancement continued into the 19th century when Europe and the United States went through the industrial revolution. The last revolution we went through was the computer revolution. Since computers have become more and more prevalent since their earliest forms in the early 20th century, they have taken over the world. Increasingly since their implementation, they have been used in every possible industry…show more content…
Workers in this industry range from all spectrums: Cargo Transportation, Taxi Services, Food Delivery Services, etc. This paper is an overarching look into what will happen to these careers and whether or not these jobs will be recreated somewhere else. Self-Driving Vehicles (SDVs) are here, and they have been around in different forms since the early 1920s. In 1925 the Houdina radio controlled car, “American Wonder”, traveled up Broadway and down 5th Avenue, during the New York rush hour. Houdina controlled the car manually from a walkie-talkie setup, manually inputting steering, braking, and acceleration. This was the earliest form of SDV. Now in the modern era we are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were then. Tesla’s model S P90D is a fully autonomous vehicle, it can navigate, steer, brake, and accelerate all on its own. “All Tesla vehicles produced in our factory have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver” (Tesla), and it’s not just Tesla. Mercedes, Ford, BMW, Toyota, and countless other manufactures are all jumping on the SDV wave. So what does this mean for the professional driver? In January of 2016 the Bureau of Labor statistics estimated that there were just under 5 million individuals working in the U.S. transportation industry. Of those workers about 3.5 million are said to be freight truck drivers, while another 900,000 are said to be taxi and chauffeur drivers
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