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Major job losses feared when self-driving cars take to the road

September 6, 2016

 By David R. Baker and Carolyn Said : sfchronicle – excerpt

Millions of Americans make a living by driving trucks, delivery vans, taxis and ride-hailing cars. When technology takes the wheel, what will happen to their livelihoods?

That question is growing more urgent as the advent of self-driving vehicles accelerates. Major players like Ford, Volvo and Tesla Motors have introduced concrete plans. In Singapore, autonomous taxis are already on city streets, and Uber’s first fleet hits Pittsburgh this month.

Predictions range from apocalyptic warnings of major unemployment and economic collapse to utopian views of new job categories, increased efficiency, and dramatic decreases in deaths and injuries from vehicle crashes.

Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose company is pushing hard to develop autonomous vehicles, has warned that the technology could cost jobs.

“If you have self-driving cars, then what happens to the 12 percent of the population whose job it is to drive a car or drive a truck?” Musk said at a forum in May. Self-driving vehicles, he said, are just one example of how artificial intelligence could create a “tremendous upheaval in terms of employment.”… (more)

What happens to the millions of jobs that are part of the private vehicle industry? This is not like the other industrial revolutions that changed jobs. This movement is anti-human jobs in favor of robots. Not many people are looking at that future reality. Even fewer people are asking whether or not we want to go there,

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