On October 25, 2021, Ariel Wolf was featured in Cheddar News to discuss how self-driving trucks could be the solution to the ongoing supply chain woes partially attributed to a lack of truck drivers.
“We see a big problem with the driver shortage, which is now estimated to be about a 60,000 driver shortfall. That’s expected to increase by some estimates to over 105,000 by 2023. Autonomous vehicle technology has the ability to partner with that ecosystem and help alleviate this immediate problem we have and solve the problem going forward,” said Wolf, who serves as general counsel to the Self-Driving Coalition, a leading coalition of autonomous vehicle developers.
According to Cheddar News, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has projected 35,000 jobs related to autonomous long-haul trucks. “This is about building an ecosystem,” said Wolf. “There’s a community college in Arizona that has a certificate program for autonomous vehicle technicians. That’s just one example of a whole host of ways in which autonomous trucking and autonomous vehicle technology is going to grow jobs, increase GDP growth, and help the economy, among many other benefits.
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