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Analysts around the world are making predictions on whether future trucks will be automated. Truck driving looks like a routine job. Rote. No, it is a complex job. Truck drivers do not just drive, they secure the truck, determine what to load first and last.

They provide tips on when the truck needs maintenance. They deal with government agencies at the weighing stations.

When drivers sleep in the truck, they act as security for the cargo on board. Drivers have local knowledge which cannot be automated. They understand the best routes to take to the next destination. They have cultivated relationships with clients.

The drivers arrange for return loads at the destination.

Digitization takes many years to put in place. Many researchers have discovered that automation is quickly replacing jobs. It’s difficult to automate some jobs.

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