Truck drivers in California and around the country may be able to look forward to better working conditions once autonomous trucks become a part of the industry. The American Transportation Research Institute says that autonomous trucks will still require a driver in the cab, so they will not lead to job loss. However, it is hoped that the introduction of the vehicles will cut down on driver fatigue and allow operators to work on other tasks, such as logistics, during the time they would ordinarily be driving.
Drivers' on-duty limits may be more flexible with autonomous trucks. According to the ATRI, regulations such as the 14 hour on-duty limit, the 30-minute rest break, the 11-hour drive-time limit, and weekly limits may be revised. Drivers may also spend less time on the road.