"The loss of jobs representing 1 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a devastating blow to the economy."

Self-driving trucks

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Wed, Apr 27th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With a platoon of self-driving trucks successfully arriving to the Port of Rotterdam, the technology may soon displace 1.6 million drivers in the US alone; however, the cost-savings and the safety benefits alone may be well worth the "devastating blow to the economy."

While the efficiency gains are real — too real to pass up — the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well. There are currently more than 1.6 million Americans working as truck drivers, making it the most common job in 29 states.

The loss of jobs representing 1 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a devastating blow to the economy. And the adverse consequences won’t end there. Gas stations, highway diners, rest stops, motels and other businesses catering to drivers will struggle to survive without them.

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