It’s no secret that AI is continuing to grow in today’s world.
With the rise of artificial intelligence comes the confusion and uncertainty that accompanies any unknown territory.
Because of that, this topic was a big focus for truck drivers at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) this year.
If you couldn’t make GATS 2019, here’s what you missed regarding artificial intelligence in the world of trucking.
Artificial Intelligence and Trucking
AI continues to be a big topic at GATS, with updates on how trucking technology will continue to affect American truck drivers.
Most of the fear surrounding AI comes with self-driving trucks, but those are still in their infancy.
More immediately, AI is making a positive impact on the trucking industry by increasing efficiency on the back end.
AI is also a great tool for decreasing error. Matt Bernstein, CEO of HubTran, points out, “Whenever you have manual processes, no matter how many checkers there are, there will be errors.”
Artificial intelligence plays a big role in reducing those errors for truck drivers.
GATS 2019 hosted a variety of different educational sessions addressing artificial intelligence, including a session titled “The Driver’s Role with Driverless Trucks”, featuring Pronto and Starsky Robotics.
Pronto brings to market safety systems designed for commercial trucking fleets.
Their Copilot products offer advanced adaptive cruise control, electronic steering and collision mitigation, and other innovative safety measures.
Starsky Robotics also works on autonomous strategies and has created technology that will handle the highway miles for commercial vehicles.
A report by MarketsandMarkets estimates that the AI market for transportation is projected to grow nearly 18% from 2017 – 2030.
With the rise of AI comes an increase in value for human skills.
GATS 2019 also focused on adding increased value and attention to things that are uniquely human.
As more jobs or activities become automated, people are freed from routine and predictable tasks.
Instead, they are challenged to manage new technologies and exercise greater critical thinking skills on a regular basis.
The Great American Truck Show hosted educational sessions focusing on the importance of these skills as well.
Growing AI in the trucking industry means continuing to grow human skills.
These skills include communication, empathy, trust, and judgment.
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