Self-driving trucks will be rolling your way in the near future. An autonomous truck completed a 2,400-mile test run from Los Angeles, California to Jacksonville, Florida without a human driver this month, marking a milestone in the progress of self-driven transportation. The company that ran the truck, Embark, already has five vehicles and plans to acquire another 40 for further testing this year. By 2028, between 500,000 and 1,500,000 self-driving trucks will be on the road, Uber projects.
Technologies such as these have the potential to transform society in more radical ways than might be immediately obvious. For instance, if you think Amazon overnight shipments are fast now, imagine what the logistics industry will look like when packing, shipping and unloading are all handled by robots and self-driven vehicles. Here’s a look at three other cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the future of society in fundamental ways.