Automation Debate Across Trucking Industry Lingers, Lawmakers Say
WASHINGTON — Federal policymakers seek to reassure truckers about their future in the labor force as they acknowledge the need to adapt to a new landscape amid advancements in automation. Such advancements are prompting debates throughout the freight industry, they say.
“Will there be debates? Of course there’ll be debates. Certain groups are going to say, ‘Hey, you’re taking my job away and, darn it, I’m not going to let a robot handle that. And you’re not going to take a job from me.’ So, yeah, you’re going to have certain debates for years to go,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a member of the Appropriations Committee.