How job surveillance is changing trucking in America

Automation is coming for truckers – but first, they’re being watched.

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The promise of self-driving trucks will radically reshape one of America’s most common jobs. There are 3.5 million professional drivers in the US, all of whom may face job displacement in the autonomous future being developed by companies like Otto, Daimler, and Tesla. But before robots take the wheel entirely, there will be a long period where truckers and artificial technology split the responsibilities of the work. The first big step toward that future comes in the form of the electronic logging device, a dashboard monitor that tracks speed, location, and a driver’s schedule, and reports it to an employer or a third-party monitoring service. It has a lot of truckers worried.

Read Karen Levy’s work here:
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Read the FMCSA’s report on ELD safety:
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Read the NAS report on driving fatigue:
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40 thoughts on “How job surveillance is changing trucking in America

  • January 22, 2018 at 10:12 am
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    They have been doing this in Europe for many years, and it works. I thought you were going to mention it…

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  • January 22, 2018 at 10:22 am
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    Thank you Vox, for wasting my time. Trash.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 10:32 am
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    I used to work for a company that, for a time, built those tracking devices. They were pretty neat. It was pretty much what a cellphone can do (GPS, 3G, LTE…) and then monitored the status of the truck and reported that back to whomever is concerned.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    1. Free speech became exclusive for minorities.
    2. Right to bear arms is open for everyone because it's billions $ industry.
    3. Pursuit of happiness has become pursuit of government interest.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 11:22 am
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    Cool reference to The Great Gatsby in the thumbnail, Vox.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 11:33 am
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    In europe we've got this for a long long time.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm
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    I work as a truck driver in Finland and our company is tracking everything we do from what are we doing during work to the fuel economy of driving. And I really like this system. We get bonuses if we drive well. And this forces you to take a brake so you don't overwork. But this system still keeps you on your toes so you don't unload or load too slowly. Because if you are slow then the whole truckline gets delayed. I just love this system.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 12:09 pm
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    Robots should take our jobs, if they fight the automation then they’ll just be useless humans; we need a basic income…

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  • January 22, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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    At 6:40 The guy sees like he really doesn’t like being a truck driver.

    “Just a dumb trucker”.

    What does having serviced your country have anything to do with this?

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  • January 22, 2018 at 1:26 pm
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    Just fire the truckers who aren't willing to work in a regulated safer environment and some others who are willing to do a proper job will definitely come up. A truck is not the same as a car, it's much more dangerous. Most of the things they are complaining about here can be fixed and they are unrelated to being electronically tracked at all.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm
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    Remember the buggy whip!

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  • January 22, 2018 at 2:19 pm
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    Remove the human from humanity. a i cant dis cern. a i has demen t i a.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 2:23 pm
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    This sounds less like a problem with the monitoring software and more a problem with the regulation around it's use. Anyone that's worked in any big industry can give you an example of management or rulemakers not understanding the numbers and using monitored metrics to justify really dumb or counterproductive rules. That doesn't mean the answer is not monitoring the work, you just need better people analyzing it.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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    The Aviation industry has very strict norms for their Pilot's flying time and resting time.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 3:27 pm
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    Big brother is watching you. Unfortunately going to become more of a problem

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  • January 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    This is why I'm a local driver that gets paid hourly. You can't pay me enough to go OTR. Just keep on hauling asphalt. At a good hourly rate. Uncle Sam has ruined the trucking industry.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    Like how People from different cultures,races and genders are uniting as Americans to fight for a common cause

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  • January 22, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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    I'm a trucker. I like the ELD in that I don't have to do the paper work. ELD don't really change anything according to the law.

    However, the real issue that we have are the hours. Just like the drivers are saying in the video, once we start the truck, we HAVE to run whether we're tired or not.

    If they make it looser such as " drivers can only drive 12 hours a day TOTAL regardless of when". Then if we need to pull over and sleep a few hours, we can do it.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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    we dont want any robots be easy to rob aswell

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  • January 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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    The BIG problem is pay per mile. Pay the drivers per HOUR and a lot of these issues go away.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm
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    what's the building to the left at 3:41?

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  • January 22, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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    should do a video driving to the UK that be a great video

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  • January 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm
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    Drive safe and listen to ME AND MY RADIO JUST KEEP ON TRUCKIN HOME by
    FLO AND CURLEY.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm
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    Sure are a whole lot of Schmitz trailers in Europe.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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    friday night, a friend calls
    >whats ya doing?
    <having a beer, watchind vids on youtube
    >what about?
    <people driving trucks around europe, talking gibberish.. you?
    >…dude what?

    true story 😀

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  • January 22, 2018 at 9:13 pm
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    beautiful video i need a job

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  • January 22, 2018 at 9:57 pm
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    h you want to drive in uk five mins and your in a traffic jam take care mate

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  • January 22, 2018 at 10:47 pm
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    Lots of problems on this trip, just another day at the office for you . Happy trucking .

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  • January 22, 2018 at 10:54 pm
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    I love seeing that Volvo FH everytime I look at your videos, beautiful truck!

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  • January 22, 2018 at 11:36 pm
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    Belas imagens, uma viagem muito boa!,

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  • January 23, 2018 at 12:17 am
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    buen vídeo , cuanto puede ganar un chófer o un dueño del camión ???

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  • January 23, 2018 at 12:30 am
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    mooie video! het is alleen jammer dat er veel werk door bulgaren en polen worden gedaan.. Ik ga regelematig naar Oostenrijk, en het is een prachtig land.

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  • January 23, 2018 at 12:59 am
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    harry ik keek al een hele poos naar je videos met enorm veel plezier, wil zelf ook het vak in . Moest lachen toen ik zag dat je ook uit meppel kwam , haha . Dus groet uit meppel

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  • January 23, 2018 at 1:12 am
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    I believe he is giving examples they have the same thinking idiots as there are up in New Jersey. 🙂 .

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  • January 23, 2018 at 1:40 am
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    Harry, Can't understand the popularity of the three axle trailers? It must be a less-ware to the road thing? Seeing most single drive axles on the tractors, in Texas, its all two dive axles. Very interesting. Thanks for the vid, neat rig.

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  • January 23, 2018 at 2:10 am
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    dobra stvar je to..

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  • January 23, 2018 at 3:03 am
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    Das ist nicht die Donau–das ist der Inn.
    Schönes Video

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  • January 23, 2018 at 3:42 am
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    Following a comment below. I cant understand a word your saying but videos are good and its nice to have English sub titles on some parts

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  • January 23, 2018 at 4:28 am
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    21:56 … On the right hand you see one of europes biggest shopping malls. The SCS (Shopping City Süd (South))

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