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Starting Thursday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s Tour Truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Jerry Fritts Jr. Petro in West Memphis, Ark. That’s located at Exit 280 off Interstate 40 and Exit 4 off Interstate 55. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule. Air date: April 18, 2018.

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Self-Driving Golf Clubs?

I was disappointed to hear the other day that it could be decades before self-driving golf clubs are widely available.

That means I’ll have to live with my usual triple-to-quadruple bogie on every hole.

Self-driving trucks, on the other hands, could put 1.7 million drivers out of work within 10 years according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

Sounds Chicken Little-ish to me.

On the other hand, Daimler, Paccar, Navistar and Volvo are all investing in, and/or test driving, “autonomous” trucks.

And newcomers like Otto and Starsky Systems are working on their own versions.

So far, the scenarios we’re hearing involve everything from a trucker being in the cab at all times – even when the robotic truck is driving – to a truck with no human on the interstates that would rely on a trucker at a remote control console to steer it during “the final mile.”

It still sounds futuristic to me.

But we have a new president who’s opposed to government overregulation.

And since regulations are widely cited as a big – if not the biggest – hurdle to deploying self-driving trucks ... who knows?

And if Trump deregulates the self-driving golf club industry, my caddie may be out of a job in five years.

But I’ll be shooting par.


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