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trucking industry statistics

  • over 70% of the nation’s freight is moved by trucks annually.
  • In 2018, there were 3.5 million truck drivers.
  • In 2017, the trucking industry generated over $700 billion in economic activity.

Trucker Shortage Statistics

Companies face an estimated shortage of 60 million truck drivers.
Industry experts approximate 898,000 new drivers to be needed in the next decade.
Other industry experts dispute emergent nature of shortage, but blue-collar industries are nonetheless tight markets.

Trucker Shortage Causes

  • Industry wages are not reflective of changes in inflation and the economy.
  • Industry is populated by older, white, male workers – a shrinking demographic group.
  • Industry safety concerns dissuade potential female and LGBT drivers.

The Effects of Self-Driving Technology on the Trucking Industry

Tesla, Uber, Mercedes-Benz, and a Google subsidiary company have conducted research about or built self-driving freight trucks.

For the second year in a row, Chinese researchers have hacked and controlled the brakes of a Tesla vehicle through wi-fi and cellular connection, a potential vulnerability for self-driving trucks.

Self-Driving Vehicle Safety Statistics

  • Technology experts suggest the trucking industry could save an estimated $300 billion with the introduction of self-driving trucks.
  • Goldman Sachs predicted that the implementation of self-driving cars could cost truck drivers up to 25,000 jobs a month.
  • A high-profile pedestrian fatality was documented in Arizona, caused by an Uber driverless car.
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