Driverless vehicles are an exciting subject and technological innovation for the public as well as technologists. However, it is also very possible that autonomous vehicles could potentially threaten the workers market and eliminate millions of jobs in the future, from taxi drivers to food delivery workers or lorry drivers. It is hence interesting to see that some of the biggest players in the industry such as Waymo, Uber and Google are joining forces to study the “human impact” of robot cars.
The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) is a newly formed group comprised of some of the largest companies that are building and testing on self-driving cars in todays marketplace. This includes tech giants like Waymo (née Google), Uber, and Lyft; , traditional automakers such as Toyota, Ford and Daimler and logistics providers like FedEx and the American Trucking Association.
The executive director also added: “While the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets is doing very important work on issues related to autonomous vehicle safety and implementation, the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity believes that while society prepares for the practical impact of autonomous vehicles, we must also focus our efforts on the human impact as it relates to Americans’ careers and jobs,” Westphal said.
All of these companies have a vested interest in selling autonomous driving technology to a skeptical public. It is only natural they have an enormous interest in making sure the path ahead is laid as smooth as possible and they are prepared for as many eventualities as possible. But can they really predict it all? Only time will tell…
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