Swedish company Einride has come up with an interesting idea for trucking. Instead of having a driver behind the wheel, they want the vehicles to be controlled remotely. The idea will be part of their T-Pod and T-Log concept models. Specifically designed without a human compartment, they will be operated from a remote driver station.
Robert Falck, founder and CEO of Einride, had this to say.
"The continued development of autonomous vehicles will place new demands on the workforce and raises questions about the future working environment of drivers/operators. We are excited to open up an entirely new category of jobs, that will not only benefit the industries currently employees with improved hours, working conditions, and knowledge but reinvigorate a dying employment sector for the next wave job seekers."
In ideal conditions, Einride believes that this would be drastically more efficient, allowing one human driver to operate up to 10 trucks at the same time. We aren't sure how this is possible, but we haven't seen the specifics.
One driver per car sounds entirely possible, though. Data transfer technology has opened up the doors for high-speed video footage and control response abilities. People can live stream video games to their mobile phones without a problematic input lag. It makes sense to try and use that for making better jobs. Imagine being able to deliver a full load of materials to a factory three states away, all without leaving your home town.
We also wonder about the legality of this. The United States is very strict about legal road vehicles in order to ensure the safety of other drivers. We can't imagine they'd be 100% fine with a remote control street vehicle.
Einride certainly sounds ambitious. We look forward to seeing their ideas grow to fruition. Until then, we'll remain skeptical.