Next Phase – No Backup Driver

Nevada was the first state to license driverless trucks. Until now, those trucks had a driver behind the wheel, ready to take over if something went wrong. According to one Mish reader, trucks are now on Nevada highways without any backup driver.

Reader Randy reports …

Hello Mish

It looks like the testing of self-driving trucks has quietly moved into the next phase.

Driving across Nevada on I-80 last weekend, I passed a big rig.  In the mirror I saw that there was no driver. The truck seemed to be following another big rig (with a driver-babysitter).

Until now, there has been an emergency driver on board the autonomous truck.

I cannot confirm this report, but it’s not surprising. As I have repeatedly sated, millions of long-haul trucking jobs will vanish by 2025.

Whether or not this story is confirmed, progress is happening even faster than I expected.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock