As trucking companies like Bay & Bay Transportation of Minneapolis deal with a shortage of quality drivers, there’s plenty of talk here and elsewhere of driverless vehicles. Not just a cab to take you from one place to another; the possibility that freight could be delivered via a big rig without anyone behind the wheel.
More carefully controlled tests are being conducted of driverless vehicles as more is made of the impact they could offer to the freight industry and the economy in general. There’s a huge roadblock that must still be overcome: it can be summed up with the word “trust.”
According to a recent survey, “What People Really Think About the Future of Mobility,” the research firm Morning Consult reported there’s still widespread distrust of autonomous vehicles in America.
The survey suggests that nearly 60% of those asked don’t trust self-driving cars. Opinion is also split as to whether they should be on the road to begin with.
Many say their view could change as the technology evolves. The question is how many miles and years of testing lie ahead before regulators and public opinion is comfortable with autonomous cars and trucks on our nation’s roadways?
At this point, Morning Consult also found that 45% of those surveyed don’t believe self-driving vehicles will ever fully replace human drivers. That could be especially true as haulers try to solve the issue of handling the last-mile of delivery and the complications that come with what can be a detailed task.
While Bay & Bay is keeping an eye on the evolving world of autonomous transport, we’re more concerned about how our professional drivers can deliver their next load. We pride ourselves on safety and reliability in the Minneapolis area and on the many short and long-haul routes we handle across North America. We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages to make every mile count.
It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition. If you’ve got the right stuff, call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team in the Minneapolis area.