Waymo’s Autonomous Trucks Are Rolling Into Texas—And Bringing a Debate About Jobs and Safety With Them

In a vast state with nearly 65,000 trucking companies, according to the Texas Trucking Association, most of them small and locally owned, it’s not unreasonable to assume that many of the workers who could lose their jobs reside in Texas.

Truck drivers are already pushing back. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union representing 1.4 million members, about 600,000 of whom work in transportation, says automated trucks rely on unproven technology that places public safety at risk. On the union’s website, a news release asserts that the public finds the idea of riding in a driverless vehicle “scary as hell.” Another news release warns that robots could turn trucks hauling hazardous waste into “driverless bombs.”