As an average, nearly 4,000 people die in the U.S. in truck-related collisions each year, with human error at its backbone. Now, the last weekend announcement of Tesla’s semitruck is expected to be a boon for the transportation sector in the country. The fully electric Semi, which boasts of covering 500 miles between two charges while stretching 80,000 pounds of load, will come with autodriving facilities for the freeways. The new and improved autopilot mode marks the second generation of Tesla’s technology of autonomous vehicles, oozing from lane keeping, braking, and lane departure warnings.
Elon Musk has announces the every Semi will have autopilot functionality as default, with the production promised start in early 2019 and aspiring to go a long way towards improving safety. Currently, more than 3 million employees are contracted by the transportation industry as heavy trick and delivery drivers.
Truck driving is recognized as a solid middle class job in the U.S., with the drivers earning an annual average of US$34,768, which is eleven percent greater than the country’s average wage. For major communities pertaining to Hispanic and Afro-Americans, trucking has been a considered better than hard labor at factories. That being said, truck driving is tiresome job which also is psychologically exhausting, keeping the drivers away from home for months, which forces many to quit the job.
According to the America Trucking Association, whooping 50,000 drivers are required by the end of 2017, keeping a strong vacancy open in the market. With improved functionalities from Tesla’s Semi, some of those voids may be able to fill.