Yet more jobs lost in America
- There are approximately 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States who will replaced by computers and robotics.
- The economy is headed for a free fall as robotics, computers, the Internet and outsourcing permanently abolish countless millions of jobs.
(DW News) - Germany's Daimler is the first carmaker to operate driverless trucks on public roads in the US. So far, cars and trucks had only been tested on cordoned-off sections, both in the US and Germany.
Daimler has been granted a fully operational license by the state of Nevada for two vehicles from its US brand Freightliner Inspiration Trucks. It is the first time driverless trucks are being tested and used on public roads in regular traffic, starting on US Highway 15 in Nevada.
"I'm proud, very proud, and I speak for everybody in the great state of Nevada - that we stand with you today at this location to make history," Nevada GOP Governor Brian Sandoval said as he handed Daimler executives number plates for the trucks. He said he had "100 percent confidence" in the German carmaker.
"We've reached a milestone," Wolfgang Bernhard, head of Daimler Trucks, said at the ceremony. He said "preparations were under way" to launch more tests in Germany as well.
Last year, Daimler was also the first carmaker to let an autonomous truck drive in a controlled environment. Its Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 model was tested on a cordoned-off section of Germany's A14 motorway near the eastern city of Magdeburg.
The Daimler trucks in the US had been subject to vigorous testing prior to the license being granted, with each clocking up around 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) on a test circuit in Germany.
Whereas the state of Nevada does not differentiate between test drives and use in regular traffic, the law is more restrictive in Germany, which led Daimler to choose the US for its first operational license. The roads there are also wider, and there is less traffic in Nevada than on most German roads.
Nevada as well as California are at the forefront of efforts to get autonomous vehicles on the road. Both states have already granted operational licenses to automakers as well as Google.
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|Welcome to Eternal Poverty|
The poverty of the 1930s Great Depression is coming back. The moronic politicians and TV talking heads blunder forward thinking the future will look like the past, and they talk about new jobs and economic recovery.
Those of us still able to think for ourselves see the writing on the wall. Technology, robotics, the Internet and outsourcing are permanently abolishing jobs by the millions. At some point the consumer economy will collapse as people with jobs to buy products simply vanish.
The successful political party of the future will run on a "Jobs for Humans" platform. It will be a return of the Luddites as millions of people permanently made unemployable by machines demand help just to live.