In February (2017), the industry witnessed the debut of California-based Embark (with 21-year-old founders) from stealth mode with its autopilot system for largely unpopulated highway driving, as well as Waymo’s litigation against Otto for patent infringement. However, in the background, companies including Daimler AG, Peterbuilt, and Volvo are busy developing their respective autonomous solutions. Despite all this fanfare and a reported shortage of nearly 100,000 truckers, 1.7 million U.S. truckers are vocally concerned about the longevity of their careers.
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