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Driverless trucks: their impact on jobs, consumers, and the trucking industry




Trucks drive near City Hall to protest shipping container fees being assessed against independent truckers as part of the ports' Clean Truck Program to allow only newer, less-polluting trucks at the ports, on November 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
Trucks drive near City Hall to protest shipping container fees being assessed against independent truckers as part of the ports' Clean Truck Program to allow only newer, less-polluting trucks at the ports, on November 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
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The auto industry has devoted considerable resources in getting self-driving cars on the road.

Google and other auto manufacturers have been testing their autonomous vehicles around the country, and GM has promised this week that its version of the technology will be available to American drivers in the very near future.

But driverless cars are not the only tech car companies are work on. There’s also been a lot of energy in bringing driverless trucks on the road.

In this segment of AirTalk, Larry and technology journalist David Freedman will look at driverless truck technology, and the impact it will have on jobs and society.

Guest:

David H. Freedman, a technology journalist and a contributing editor at The Atlantic; his piece looking at the impact of driverless trucks was recently published in MIT Technology Review