End of the road for America’s truckers

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In the movies they are the last American cowboys with a lifestyle that offers a ready alternative to every worker who grows tired of their boss, or fears that their job is about to vanish abroad. You could always become a lorry driver.

Yet now even the truckers are under threat. Wages have declined sharply in the past three decades, the life has become more lonely and demanding, and the entire profession faces a mortal threat from robots. “No one talks about it,” said Finn Murphy, a driver from Colorado, and author of The Long Haul, a memoir of 30 years on the road. “No one can believe that we will be supplanted by machines.”

He thinks it will happen in five years, before driverless…

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