It’s no secret that the demand for drivers is on the rise and the labor market just is not there with the supply. According to the Q1 PDA report 21.3% of drivers feel they are just not adequately compensated to deal with tractor issues and an 4% increase in communication issues over the previous quarter. When the people aren’t happy with the equipment, pay, and communication then they simply stop working leaving everything from supply chains to warehouse distribution centers at a stand still.
According to Elon Musk “The foundation of the economy is labor, so what happens if you don’t actually have a labor shortage?” Interesting question. Outrider Technologies is currently developing autonomous yard trucks capable of transporting trailers from docks to warehouses while Phantom Auto has created remote operations systems for yard trucks and delivery bots. While the current implementation of these man-less machines is currently small Outriders CEO Andrew Smith predicts that by 2027 most of the new yard trucks will have autonomous capabilities with thousands in the field.
Because these tech tractors are based on the electric models of yard trucks this new advancement in automation not only provides a solution to the problems with the labor industry but an environmentally friendly alternative to the man powered diesel machines of the past. As Outrider says the future is “ Good for People. Good for Profit. And Good for the Planet”. You can learn more about Outrider and the work it is accomplishing by visiting them at Outrider.ai.