Some truck drivers concerned as Port of Virginia gets $2M grant to prepare for autonomous trucks

Truckers 10 On Your Side spoke with aren’t ready to get on board, but the head of the local truckers association says driverless trucks are still a long way down the road.

The Port Authority received one of 10 national grants from a pool of nearly $50 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funds for the development of innovative technology.

Truckers who access the port are concerned about what lies ahead.

Jeremy Wilkins sees autonomous trucks as a threat to his livelihood.

“That would run us out of business,” he said.

Other truckers are not ready for robot rigs.

“I’m not against enhancing the port, and making it better,” said Ron Ford, originally from Norfolk. “But it seems like they’re trying to get rid of the drivers. It’s phasing out humans, so that’s my income, and I’m an owner-operator, so that would be terrible.”