With large companies such as Google and Uber pushing for the development and implementation of autonomous vehicles, the idea of self driving cars is becoming less science fiction and more and more of a reality every day. But what does that mean for people who make a living as drivers?
India Says “No” To Self Driving Cars
India has recently become one of the first countries to announce the possibility of banning autonomous cars out of concerns for job losses.
“We won’t allow driverless cars in India…In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs,” said Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport and highways minister.
The Future of Automation
In America, the risk of job loss due to automation is a big concern. Other industries such as fast food, banks, and even grocery stores have already started examining what an automated workplace would look like, and companies such as Google, Tesla, Apple, and Ford have been working hard to develop and test a self driving car that will safely take passengers where they need to go.
An estimated 4.1 million driver jobs could be at risk in coming years, with 77% of those jobs belonging to delivery and freight truck drivers. Other jobs at risk include bus drivers, taxi drivers, and chauffeurs.
Thankfully, job automation isn’t coming as quickly as we think. Factors such as high costs and regulations mean that drivers will have plenty of time to adapt as their industries work to afford the upfront costs of autonomous vehicles, and while regulations and traffic laws struggle to catch up with new technologies.