Suncor oil sands

Driverless trucks could mean ‘game over’ for thousands of jobs

Driverless trucks have long seemed a far-fetched notion of the future, technology that would never materialize in this generation.

The future may be closer at hand: Suncor Energy Inc. is working to replace its fleet in the oil sands with autonomous trucks “by the end of the decade.” The shift isn’t just in energy and mining: In May, Daimler AG started testing its first autonomous 18-wheelers on the desert highways of Nevada. Some believe these types of vehicles will hit public roads within a decade.

  • G

    Suncor Energy Inc. is working to replace its fleetin the oil sands with autonomous trucks

    ___The Teamsters Union is working on replacing the pebbles on the road with scattered steel spikes.

    • Jay Currie

      Those tires laugh at spikes. The Teamsters are going to have to find other lines of work.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Jimmy Hoffa is spinning in his grave, wherever it is.

  • Jay Currie

    This is actually news.

    JT’s doomed flirtation with a Tory turncoat? Not so much.

    • Poor JT his Bubble is burst.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I know.
      Trudeau’s judgment is all the more suspect when he’s got recent history staring him in the face.
      How did that Stronach defection work out for Paul Martin?
      Has Scott Brison really enjoyed the seat he’s sat in since he crossed the floor?
      Remember Brison got a ministerial post as his fifty pieces of silver.
      And Paul Martin was going to have a super cereal majority for ever and ever.

  • Brett_McS

    They have had driver-less trucks and trains in the Pilbara iron ore mines in Western Australia for some time now, all controlled out of an office in Perth. Jobs for video gamers, I suppose.

    • Really? I did not know that.

    • Dana Garcia

      Open-pit mining seems a logical place for automated trucks to start being used. It’s simple work and any screw-ups won’t be a big deal with insurance or injury lawsuits.

    • luna

      Sounds like remotely operated, not autonomous.

      Self driving vehicles are going to put drivers (truck, taxi, pilot?) out of work.

  • bargogx1

    Humans will soon be obsolete.

    • tom_billesley

      They’ll be seen as a source of cyborg components.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    The end result of capitalism. That is why when bailout capitalism reaches its end it usually becomes neo-feudal or when the economy that was once developed becomes third world. Sadly, this is either planned or wanted by the political class. I have been saying all along the two dichotomies are either join BRICS and become nationalist or do nothing and stay globalist and become third world and automated. People have a choice.

    • mobuyus


  • Everyone Else

    can a red light camera give a ticket to a driverless truck?

    • mobuyus

      Camera doesn’t care who is driving. Milometer wave radar optimized autonomous vehicle will not run a red light. 99% of car accidents are caused by human error. Remove the human element and you remove driver error. Also square wheels completely eliminate high-speed wobble.

      • Clausewitz

        Yeah, cause software never crashes both figuratively and literally. God help us if Microsoft runs the operating system.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Yeah, and the government will reclassify these vehicles as people so they can tax them.

  • Exile1981

    It’s ok most of the drivers will just go back to newfoundland anf continue collecying ei.

  • k1962

    And no one will be able to afford gas if no one has a decent paying job!

  • Gary

    Over 15 years ago I said that the TTC should start going driverless for the Subway with remote drivers in a room much like the Drones are operated.
    Sadly , 200 years from now Toronto will still have streetcars and elevated Hydro lines because of Jobs for employees that vote in Blocks.
    Get used to it folks , private sector jobs progress to the newest technology while the Public Unions seem to progress only one year for every 9 years the Private sector jobs progress .
    Last year I got a notice from the Ontario Government that I will be able to deal with them by Emails and the Internet . Yet, since the Liberal came to power about 12 years ago the Public sector has grown by about 25% as Private sector workers go through down-sizing or go automated and out-source off shore.

    This Liberal Ponze scheme will kill Ontario , but hey, McGuilty and Smithermen got their bags of money and are still laughing.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Wait till there are autonomous cop cars.