Driverless trucks are coming to Canada and the impact will be profound

Things are moving fast, and according to experts who study the potential fallout of driverless trucking on the economy, the imminent arrival of autonomous commercial vehicles on Canadian roads will entirely eclipse the impact of electric-powered trucks.

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  • deplorabledave

    Who is going to put the chains on?

  • robins111

    I think all gasoline, propane and fuel oil trucks should be driverless and restricted to larger urban centres and upscale neighborhoods.

    • Blacksmith

      I like the cut of your jib mate!

    • Clausewitz

      Base their depot in Rosedale.

      • favill

        Better yet Kanata and Rothwell Heights where all the high-tech execs live.

  • deplorabledave
  • P_F

    Driverless trucks!!!
    There are are thousands of truck drivers from third world countries coming into Canada each year as TFW, where are they going to get employment??

    • Starlord

      Wait till driver less taxicabs and rideshare what will all the doctors, engineers and scientists do?

      As industry automates with ai, machine learning robotics you need less people but our government is going to drown us with 1 million in the next three years most with suspect experience and education. No offence but it’s true. Oh and in can’t speak English or French at a business level. Fuck the English of muttering basic things.. It has to be at a understanding level

      • ismiselemeas

        I believe you mean at an understandable level.

        • Blacksmith

          That too.

        • Starlord

          Thanks. Corrected it. It’s either bad eyesight or stupid autocorrect on the phone or a combo lol

      • Clausewitz
    • David Murrell

      P_F, the thousands of low-skilled immigrants coming to Canada will end up on welfare, drive down wages, and vote for Justin Trudeau. This is the main point of Trudeau’s liberalized immigration policy.

      • Justin St.Denis

        David, try calling just about any federal department and your call will be handled by a Mohammad or a Salima or an Achmed or an Aisha. Ditto Ontario provincial government (I don’t know about the other provinces, but I would be willing to wager…). Their English is halting at best, and they do NOT understand what you are trying to say. Nonetheless, I have been hung up on, told off, and served rudely by same. But in this multicultural wonderland, who’s to say that they aren’t just being how they were raised to be. Oh, and if you try to complain about telephone service to a manager, you are accused of bigotry or islamophobia. They make it particularly hard for seniors, the pricks. Depressing…..

        • David Murrell

          I have a step-son, just fired from a unit at a major bank headquarters in Toronto. The unit is almost all non-white, immigrant. He’s a white male, and has been unemployed for about five weeks now.

          • Justin St.Denis

            This does not surprise me in the least. Toronto tribalism is such that each tribe hires only its own. Muslim businesses hire Muslims only, black businesses hire blacks only, etc. Problem is, white owned businesses preferentially hire Muslims, blacks and other “visible” minorities over the Canadian-born white applicants. So, unless you have “contacts” in a white business, getting a job there while white is virtually impossible.

    • Alain

      Out in my neck of the woods the East Indians have taken over all truck driving.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      That goes to show you: The trucks are already driverless.

  • canminuteman

    More men drive trucks for a living than any other job in North America.

    • clownloach

      Recipe for revolution? Or at least some sort of trucker job action.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Driverless trucks won’t start up as driverless. They’ll start up as a second system for when drivers have to legally rest. They’ll be restricted to some routes at some times of the year. But eventually they will be 24 hrs a day every day of the year on all but the most difficult roads.

    I guess the robots can pay taxes to keep all the bio units on Welfare as they sit home and complain about metallic Mexicans taking their jobs.

    • Clausewitz

      Actually Trudeau has floated a trial balloon that would have the government taxing robots as if they were being paid an actual wage and taxed accordingly.

  • ntt1

    I can’t wait. Imagine the sea to sky highway with all its micro climates and sharp bends being navigated at speed by an 80,000 pound mass being steered by electronics sourced from the lowest bidder. Its considered a challenging drive by professional drivers as it is, are we to believe a programmer sitting miles away is a better option?

    • Bataviawillem

      You should have a look at some video’s of robots made lately, they are absolutely amazing.
      And by the way the abs in your car is a robot.

    • Bataviawillem

      Have a look at this.

  • How could this go wrong?

    • Clausewitz

      Let me count the ways.

  • Alain

    All those jihadists must be jumping for joy.

  • Editor

    One of the players in the trucking business we seldom hear from in this discussion is the insurance industry. What effect might this have on liability insurance premiums. How much will repairing these high tech vehicles cost. Questions the insurance industry is still pondering. I’d be curious to get their opinion on this.

    • ismiselemeas

      The insurance industry as we know it is finished. The blockchain is taking care of that.

  • Jaedo Drax

    I had a vehicle with a forward warning system on it a few weeks ago, in a heavy rain it stopped working… can’t wait to see how well it would work on a truck with no driver.

    • Bataviawillem

      It will detect an error message and stop the truck.

      • Jaedo Drax

        In the middle of the road, with low visibility, on a highway.

        • Justin St.Denis

          How effin’ cute that experience must have been!

        • Bataviawillem

          You just made that up, it has no semblance to reality.
          Your whole car is already a robot, and nobody is afraid the brakes will fail, although they are controlled by a computer and therefore a robot.

  • ismiselemeas

    Hopefully it will reduce the carnage on the 401. Drivers who can’t speak or read English are the main cause.

  • favill

    What happens the first time one of those semis carrying a full load of cars fresh from the factory hits black ice? Geez…hope I’m not (nor any of the people I love and care for) on the 401 when that happens.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    Good with those on highways through the rockies in winter.