Automated trucks: Blue-collar disaster or economic win? | Andrew Yang

Automated trucks: Blue-collar disaster or economic win? | Andrew Yang


The big misconception about the impact of
technology in the workforce is thinking that it’s around the corner. Instead it’s been with us for years. If you look at the last 20 years or so, we’ve
automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,
Missouri, Iowa, all the swing states that Donald Trump needed to win in 2016 and did
win. Then my friends in Silicon Valley and my friends
who work in technology know that what we did to the manufacturing workers we are now going
to do to the retail workers, the call center workers, the fast food workers, the truck
drivers, and then even bookkeepers, accountants, insurance agents, lawyers, and on and on through
the economy. So what happened to the manufacturing worker
is a very clear sign of what’s going to happen to these other workers moving forward. And I talked a little bit about retail workers,
the most common occupation in the economy. Thirty percent of Main Street stores and malls
are going to close in the next five years because Amazon is soaking up $20 billion of
commerce every year. And many of these workers are making $11 to
$12 an hour and don’t have a huge savings cushion to be able to make meaningful adjustments. Being a truck driver is the most common job
in 29 states. There are 3 and 1/2 million truck drivers
in this country, average age 49, 94% male, average education high school or one year
of college. They’re making about $46,000 a year right
now. It’s one of the higher paying blue collar
jobs in this country. And on the west coast, you have my friends
in Silicon Valley who are trying to automate truck driving. And the reason they’re doing that is because
of the money — $168 billion in financial incentives for automating away truck drivers. And that’s not just labor savings. That’s also equipment utilization because
a truck never needs to stop whereas human-driven trucks have to stop every 14 hours; fuel efficiency
because trucks can convoy together in lower wind resistance and so robot trucks would
be able get places with less fuel, fewer accidents because truck drivers right now kill about
4,000 other motorists a year in accidents and that number would come down if you had
automated freight. So there’s a very, very powerful set of incentives
to try and automate truck driving as an occupation. Again, though, you have these 3 and 1/2 million
truckers, and only 13% of them are unionized. So there’s not going to be a grand negotiation. So imagine being a trucker who’s taken out
$50,000, $60,000 loan to lease your truck and it’s your livelihood and your means of
support, and then all of a sudden, you have to compete with a robot truck that doesn’t
need to sleep. And that is what is around the corner for
hundreds of thousands of truckers in this country in the next five to 10 years when
robot trucks start to hit our highways. And Amazon is testing out robot trucks as
we speak, right now in the Midwest.

100 thoughts on “Automated trucks: Blue-collar disaster or economic win? | Andrew Yang

  1. Aotumation tech was developped by all society of America. Even if Andrew Yang couldn't win the election, his idea had already planted in Americans' heart.

  2. It's easy for rich silicon valley people living in million dollar homes to justify their jobs at the expense of the "riff raff"

  3. We need to BAN automation and self driving cars and make it ILLEGAL for anyone to do any research and development in those areas.

  4. AY is an American patriot who cares about USA and can provide 21st century solutions for USA problems. True visionary. Humanity First. Not Left or Right, but Forward, Yang2020 all the way. Go #Yanggang

  5. What is that button, and what does it have to do with his talk? Avoid listening to anyone with a lot of "friends" in those industries. Thanks for pointing out the obvious with your "friends." #BigPropaganda

  6. In recent news Walgreens will be closing 200 stores. I left the retail business 5 years ago and I realized how difficult would it be to transition to another line of work considering the only experience you can take with you is retail which only helps integrate you into another retail position. I can imagine how hard those employees will have it transitioning on 0 income. I was lucky enough the company gave me an option to leave with severance which helped me invest in my CDL class A license. I’ve been driving for 5 years now, local city driver so I’m not too worried about automation, but it was the severance that supported my transition so infact it would act like if a UBI would act. Another option aside from severance was to take a huge pay cut to do the same job, I would’ve dreaded working as an undervalued employee just because I had to also attending truck driving school. I made the decision to leave. The severance helped me mentally focus on my plan which I eventually achieved. I assume through tough situations, a UBI could help an individual achieve goals mentally healthy and focused.

  7. I have been a semi truck driver over 20 years up in the northern, you will never automate semi trucking up here you have never seen what the blizzards and winter ice conditions can do there's no way on machine or computer can maneuver over ice roads.

  8. Technology is great but if we keep putting people out of work with new technology who will have the money to by goods. No one buying goods no need for trucks delivering those goods.

  9. Not just truckers, when AI development to a stage that learning can be automated, then lawyers/engineers/doctors all will be out of jobs.
    Yang is 30 years ahead of Trump, even I don't dislike Trump.

  10. If you all think truckers will have it bad, look at the oil industry and what happened to the labor force the last 4 years. Automation is what happened. Yes, they have automated the fracking industry. Look up the "Iron Rough Neck." A machine that is operated by a crew of 5 that replaces the workload of 20 individuals. Automated, safe, and does not strike, does not smoke breaks, does not need benefits, does not whine at the boss about personal drama, and never arriving late to the job site.

    Did I mention no benefits? Also, because it is a piece of equipment, it also counts as a tax write off. Instead of paying benefits, salaries, worker's insurance, and employee salary taxes, all of that is now gone AND the money spent can be counted as a write off. For any business, that is a no brainer. It is a win-win across the board.

    https://www.glennbeck.com/2018/05/02/mind-boggling-how-technology-is-changing-everything-about-the-way-we-live/

  11. I was listening an episode of the Ark Invest – For Your Innovation Podcast, and a point mentioned about autonomous trucks really startled me. The only place humans are really necessary is the last 1-2 mi. The AI can handle everything i.e. the interstate, and then just stop on the shoulder 2mi before the destination and wait for a human to finish the difficult maneuvering.
    I was expecting 4-5yrs but now I think this is going to happen a lot sooner than I expected.

  12. I sure wouldn't want to be driving down the road and see an 18 wheeler pass me by with no driver. They are scary enough with a driver.

  13. More than 22 thousand people should be watching this video. Share the video people it only takes 2 seconds! Yang 2020

  14. Soon the only job will be finding ways to automate jobs until the jobs are all gone and everyone has access to anything they want. This will advance humanity as the only goal will be valuing human lives and life could be a literal utopia.

  15. Might be wishful thinking, but look at Tesla and autonation there.

    Technology might be there, but who's going to insure it.

    Not only that but freight is hauled mostly by owner operators or small companies (up to 20 trucks) that leaves 10% of all trucks to mega carriers like Prime, Schnider and etc.

    We're not 5 – 10 years away more like 20 years away.

    Plus not 1st time humans experienced massive change. Everytime there were other jobs and more small business owners.

    At the same time must say Yang is the best candidate from all Democratic candidates, fresh ideas, not a career politician, but knows how politics work

  16. Please Americans vote for this guy, we NEED someone in the White House that can address the issue of automation, or America will be a third world country very soon and the middle class a thing of the past

  17. YANG TRUMP 2020= MAGA win. The power of Trump and the Forward thinking of Yang is a dream team combo. Need to put parties aside

  18. Yang has no clue how Automata Theory works but yet he has friends that say everything will be fine. Sure, imagine if these were semi trucks … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h5147KLikU

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  20. In 2016, 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes, up 5.1 percent from 5,029 in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    Where is the financial incentive to automate motorcycles?

  21. There's not only highway freight trucks though going from warehouse to warehouse…. but that's probably a big chunk. But there is still local freight, forest trucking, rural area trucking and so on.

  22. For long-haul truckers, automation will the greatest thing sliced bread.
    No company will allow $Hundreds of thousands of goods to travel unattended

  23. Is he a Chinese spy sent to harm us?! Looks like it. No cryin' lyin' needed here, this is a Republic, we're not China commies here. Just him and his party of demons.

  24. I was skeptic about his $1000, and when I found out how MSNBC treated him during the debate… I was thinking… I will vote for this guy. Nope, I'm not a Democrat and Republican. I am a Libertarian. I am looking for logic to vote and Andrew is the most logical guy. His $1000 per person would likely never get passed, but I think he's so logical and factual that he will retract his failed policy and move us back to reality. I'm saying this not because I'm Asian and he's Asian… but we do need someone this logical and factual, even though you may not like his policies…. cos facts and logic rule, and will get us there.

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  26. If people think it can’t happen to them, Google “automated brick laying robot”. It’s already happening people. Wake up! My boss already anticipates that some of our engineering jobs will disappear with better AI…

  27. Did anyone hear a solution proposal for the jobs lost or was that just me? Shouldn't a potential presidency candidate do that, after the briefing?

  28. the sad thing is the other candidates and 80% of congress have zero clue and don't care. The remaining 20% don't understand tech and will take 3-10 years to understand. I work in IT and I've been saying this is going to happen for a few years now. Glad to see a candidate that is actually taking notice and proposing a solution.

  29. I'd like to see an auto truck back up to a dock around cars and other obstacles. Also who rings the deliver bell or unloads it?

  30. The question in the title wasn't answered – blue collar disaster or economic win? And why does someone casually discussing the destruction of millions of jobs rate a vote in an election for leader of this nation? Did any of you learn anything from 2016? Why is this fait accompli?

    Why are you making the assumption that the voices of millions of people can be purchased for $1000 per month, when we know definitively that inequality is a greater driver for unrest and dissatisfaction than poverty?

    Why are you assuming the public will simply eat this $1000 cake, without recognizing it as a blatant attempt to make being poor and disenfranchised more bearable? And just how bearable do you think this will make it?

    Universal Basic Income, school debt relief, and the other monetary awards that candidates keep promising are simply attempts to paper over the real structural problems that our nation cannot afford to drag into the future. I'm sorry, but people like Andrew Yang are distractions from continuing the important work of devising truly sustainable solutions to those problems.

  31. He’s being fueled by republicans and libertarians mostly and some democrats eventually even more democrats will come to support him as he gets more time on debates and gets huge support from celebrities from social media such as Elon musk last night he’s going to win

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  33. I respect Andrew Yang but he is wrong in some ways. The problem is, that the main aspects of the economy that have been automated, were otherwise, or will be otherwise, transitioned to China. If we try to de-automate, we will most of the time take money being earned by American companies and send it to China and India. In the instance of trucking… yes… automation will kill American jobs but it is efficient. The solution is that the government needs to finance an unparalleled number of small business grants and loans so ordinary people can try out their own business ideas. That would be hugely successful. Trying to deautomate or regulate automation will only cause harm. A universal income is creative thinking, but that won't work either, because there are far too many humans who are not altruistic or worthy. They are lazy or criminal or parasitic, and will drag the economy down to its knees. We should give money to people to try out new ideas and build new businesses. That makes sense. Lazy folk shouldn't get a free ride and breed more laziness.

  34. Yeah, maybe.
    But he's running for presidency not CEO os SV.
    His tech philantropy is just a plus, yet it is his only argument.
    USA is not just SV.
    Still way better than bernie though since he has an idea to explore

  35. The problem wasnt even automation, but rather the designing of it, without the former human operator in mind. Like how can they think a selfdriving tractor, with no human to make sure it drives correctly, is safe travelling across country 100% alone.

  36. It will only benefit the business owner. What is the benefit to the jobless worker? Yang like all Democrats only offer lip service not actual solutions.

  37. If they all the manufacturers are all gone, how come they can't get enough people to fill all the open positions??

  38. Does he even know that the fully automated semis he's talking about won't be around for a very long time. At this time, there still needs to be someone in the cockpit in case there is any failure of the automation. Someone has to be there for repairs/fueling. Someone has to be there for loading and unloading.
    I'm all for future tech, but let's be realistic about it.

  39. You, and this guy DO NOT WANT AUTOMATED TRUCKS ON THE ROAD.

    There is no way to sue a company if the driving is done automatically.

    Plus, you don't want them in inclement weather.

  40. Most people who die in semi-car accidents are caused by the car drivers. They kill themselves. This is what dashcams are proving.

    Survival of the fittest in action.

  41. First off, truck and other automation will be an economic disaster, second even if it wasn't, fuck the economy! Why would you want to sacrifice peoples lives, jobs and heritage at the alter of capitalism and "progress". People over profits. And robots.

  42. this will take at least 15 to 20 years with truck driver, but wall street and bank sector will loose about 30% of their work in about 5 years, that is more scary also

  43. Here's the reality, speaking from the perspective of a pro truck driver of 15 years. We are DECADES away from the presence of driverless 18 wheelers on the road. Having a vehicle that can drive down the highway is one thing. Having one that can negotiate surface streets in Boston and LA and Chicago is another one entirely. Ive taken trucks down roads and into places a robot truck simply could not and would not. These vehicles have a default position of stopping entirely when they come to something they dont understand. When one of them comes up to an intersection in which it would need to invade several oncoming lanes to be able to successfully negotiate the turn and there is a ton of civilian traffic all over the place, what do you think would happen? The truck will stop and not move again. There are turns like that and intersections like that literally everywhere. The only way to make fully automated trucks a reality would be to refurbish the entire highway system and all of the places goods go into and come out of. Cool. It would only cost about 50 trillion dollars.

    That isnt to say that automated trucks arent coming. They are, just not in the timeframe this guy mentions. In fact, they are already a thing and ive driven one. The autopilots on these things are incredibly sophisticated these days. I drove a new truck for a company last year pulling car parts out of Laredo into northern California for tesla. Once on the highway and the cruise control set, the radar on the front would automatically adjust the speed to maintain proper following distance. I only ever really drove the thing on surface streets or in heavy traffic. It was nice.

    Thats the state of the art at the moment. Its really hard to envision having 18 wheelers driving with no humans in them any time soon. Eventually it will happen. Just not in the next 5 or 10 years.

    For the record, im all for it, even if it would mean I'd be out of a job. Because, frankly, most of the truck drivers I encounter on a daily basis are fucking terrible. Unprofessional and unsafe. And that comes from the fact theres such a driver shortage, and has been for years, that they'll let just about anyone have a CDL. Id estimate that anywhere from 75 to 85 percent of the drivers currently driving on US highways everyday shouldn't be out here, because they don't know what theyre doing.
    To that end, I say bring on the robot trucks.

  44. Yang lost my vote not just now, but upon his crying facade and calling names to other political people.
    I had thought he was different. Automation is not always right for the community or families.
    You know how much donations come from Truck Drivers to the Children’s Miracle Network because they can afford to give?
    We have hubs of people who gather to do good things, automation deadens that. If you want to cry, cry for killing American culture / tradition.

  45. Ok so I've heard this guy talk about the same stuff over and over. I understand automation is killing jobs a lot of us get that. But you haven't given us a solution to fix that at this point your just pointing out problems. Scaring people to vote for but you got no answer Mr. Yang it's a free country what are you gonna do ban robots and technology

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  47. I just cant understand how intelligent and amazing Yang is. This is the man we need in the White House.

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