Video still from Truckers, 2020.
Just about everything we own is delivered by trucks. Truck drivers were once known as the mavericks of the open road. While we see trucks everywhere we go, what’s less visible is the artificial intelligence built into the cabs of the 1.8 million long haul truck drivers in the US, a clear example of human-machine coalescence. With the rise of artificial intelligence and the speed of the Amazon economy, truckers are facing changing working conditions, new privacy regulations, and new forms of monitoring.
Juxtaposing interviews with truck drivers and industry workers, with excerpts from technology providers, Truckers explores how new technologies and expectations are reshaping the working conditions, economic provisions, and lives of America’s truck drivers.