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.