“A new Swedish technology that will change the future of our roads.” That’s what is being promised by Einride – a transportation technology company – though they’re calling themselves a movement.
Essentially, they want to replace the current tractor-trailer-delivery logistics systems with “heavy electric trucks.” They say their primary reason for wanting to do this, as cutting global emissions, and having a “net positive impact” on the environment – meaning that in addition to zero emission transportation, they also want to improve lives.
When I see this, I realize we are just a short trip away from not only electric transportation logistics, but completely automated transportation logistics. The natural progression for Google and tesla self driving cars, is the development of self driving everything: trains, planes, and trucks.
It all sounds and feels very science-fiction, but I don’t doubt it is part of our future. I understand very well the arguments against automating transportation logistics – my dad was a professional truck driver for over 35 years – so I’ve heard all the stories from the road (funny and terrifying) A big shout out to, and great respect for the men and women who deliver all the things we use every day. The self driving trucks of the future will likely have a remote operator who could potentially take over the vehicle if necessary. So the job wouldn’t disappear, it would only evolve, and likely become safer as a result.
With that said, if a computer can do it better than a human, a computer should do it – thereby freeing up the human mind to think about bigger things, and continue to solve even bigger problems.
If you still need convincing that automated vehicles will be better for humans, I submit these photos of a man in China who drove his car into a river. He says he was just following his GPS. An automated car probably would have stopped short of driving into the water, even if the map said there was a road there.