Driverless vehicles can eliminate millions of jobs in the future, from cabbies to truckers to food delivery workers. However the companies which are hoping to hasten the adoption of this disruptive technology do not want to seem callous to this brewing labor catastrophe, in order that they’re pooling efforts to study the human effect, of robot cars. The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and opportunities is a recently formed group comprised of the majority of the main companies which are building and testing on self driving cars. Including legacy automakers like Ford, Toyota, and Daimler, technology giants like Waymo, Uber, and Lyft, and logistics providers such as FedEx and the American Trucking Association.

A new organization is being formed as a 501, allowing to accept donations as a non-profit and reception government as a chamber of commerce. Concern for the safety of workers and the public is paramount to PTIO, executive director of the group Maureen Westphal, stated and safe installation of technology is essential to provide better employment opportunities for workers. In accordance with the BLS, over 3.8 million individuals operate motor vehicles due to their own livelihood. Within the first 6 months, the PTIO has established its goals to: start to develop a well rounded and statistics based understanding of the effect and the implications of autonomous vehicles for the future of work, solicit the experience, concerns, and aspirations of many different interested parties, and start to foster consciousness of existing and near term career opportunities for employees throughout the transition to a brand new autonomous vehicle enabled economy. We must also focus our efforts on the human effect as it relates to Americans professions and jobs, Westphal said.

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