Autonomous technology companies such as Gatik and Aurora, use CDL drivers with years of experience to either serve as safety drivers, who remain in the cab during autonomous operations, or as drivers who test the benefits of autonomous systems.
“We’re learning from them and they’re learning from us,” said Brenda Mejia, Gatik operations manager. “It’s creating these kind of new fields and these new jobs. It’s also an opportunity for them to delve into things like operations and fleet maintenance. We’ve seen some really positive growth in this space, and we see it just only growing.”