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Trucks with No Drivers Coming Soon, Futurist Says

Thomas FreySAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 25, 2014) — Driverless trucks will catch on long before driverless cars, due in large part to the industry’s pioneering driver assist technology, said futurist Thomas Frey of the DaVinci Institute, Louisville, Colo.  Frey was the featured speaker at today’s general session of the American Truck Dealers Convention & Expo.

 

If that sounds incredible, consider some of the many innovations that Frey predicted would become commonplace within the next two decades:

 

  • Theft will be almost completely eliminated due to tagging innovations on “Internet Things” such as smart phones,
  • Driverless vehicles will have a more significant impact on society than the invention of the automobile,
  • Almost everyone will own printed clothing and live in printed houses,
  • Drones will commonly deliver packages,
  • Most people will own more than one robot.

 

“Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than it did in the rest of history,” he said.

 

That’s because technology like driverless trucks will speed transport, cut the need for some drivers and save money, he said. Safety will also increase, because—as Mercedes Benz spokespeople said when introducing driverless truck concepts—“The truck of the future will have 1,000 eyes.”

 

“The future creates the present,” said Frey in underscoring the reason attendees should delve into innovations. “The vision of the future determines what we do next. When we change our visions of the future, we change the way we make decisions today.”

 

The 52nd annual ATD event runs concurrently with the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo from Jan. 22-25 in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.atdconvention.org.