Automotive and Technology Leaders to Explore Human Impact of Self-Driving Vehicles

It has been well documented that the implementation of driverless vehicles will likely lead to the elimination of millions of jobs from cabbies to delivery men to truckers. Waymo, Uber, Ford and others have formed the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) as a non-profit which will allow the organization to accept donations and lobby government.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 3.8 million people operate motor vehicles for their work. This includes truck driving, the most common profession in 29 US states, which employs about 1.7 million people. Many expect self-driving trucks to be among the first autonomous vehicles to hit the road. When autonomous vehicle saturation peaks, US drivers could see job losses at a rate of 25,000 a month, or 300,000 a year, according to a report from Goldman Sachs.

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