The new generation of trucks are making driving easier for the millions of drivers who drive their own cars, but that doesn’t mean the technology will become obsolete soon.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average driver in the United States now drives less than 15 hours a week, and the average truck driver in 2020 will travel about 18 hours a day.
That’s a decrease from about 22 hours a month in 2017.
The DOT estimates that by 2040, the number of hours drivers will drive will fall from 17 hours a year to 12.
In addition to the reduced driving, there are also signs that truck drivers are more concerned about safety, according to a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The agency found that the number one cause of deaths among drivers has been collisions.
Drivers are also more likely to be distracted, according the report.
And the more they are distracted, the more likely they are to make mistakes and to be more careless.
Driving has become so easy that it has caused a significant drop in safety, the report found.
“The driving experience has become more stressful than ever,” said Bill Nussbaum, senior vice president for transportation policy at the National Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
“Drivers have gotten used to driving in a world that is so far removed from the human experience that it’s difficult to know what to expect.”
The trend could have negative consequences for our economy, the DOT warned.
A report last year from the U,S.
Office of Management and Budget estimated that the increase in driving by people in 2040 could result in a 10% decrease in economic output.
That would mean that by the year 2040 drivers will be earning an average of about $23,000 less than they did in 2017, the government report found, with the largest declines among those with college degrees.
Nussbaum and others argue that if we don’t reverse the trend by 2030, the nation could face a serious shortage of truck drivers.
Nissan, for instance, has announced that it will start testing driverless cars on highways in 2019.
The DOT estimates there are between 10 million and 15 million drivers in the U .
S. and that the country’s truck fleet could reach about 5.5 million vehicles by 2030.
Nilsenbaum said that the problem could be worse for those who do drive in the future.
“Drivers who don’t have to drive in order to work, they don’t want to do it,” Nussbe said.
“So you have a huge pool of drivers that aren’t driving and those drivers could be the ones who are more likely or more responsible.”
He said it’s hard to predict how many drivers are likely to switch to autonomous technology because some are already working in the industry, and some drivers don’t even know it.
“There’s going to be a huge amount of turnover,” Nilsenbe said, noting that in the past there has been a significant turnover among drivers in recent years.
“We are not talking about the people who are already there.
We’re talking about people who aren’t.”
The biggest problem for the nation’s drivers, Nussba said, will be in the short term.
The industry is already in transition from the era of big trucks to smaller and lighter vehicles, and it’s not clear how autonomous technology will change how trucks work.
“It will be really hard to keep people who drive for a living,” he said.
“What the new generation needs is a car.
They need a car to go anywhere, they need a van to go to a store, they want a car for their kids.
And so if we want to move forward with a new technology and move it forward in a more rational manner, we need a new car.”
Nussbe predicts that by 2025 the number and types of truck jobs will grow substantially, but not as fast as the overall population.
Drives will be less common in urban areas and urban areas will be more dense, he said, with fewer people driving.
That means the number, type and location of trucks will continue to grow.
Dripping water, mud, fog and dust are all problems that need to be addressed, he added.
It is not just the transportation industry that will be impacted by the transition to autonomous technologies.
Many of the jobs that used to be performed by humans are also being automated, and many of those jobs are tied to jobs that require a high level of education and skills.