ISSUES GALORE: Driver layoffs will be only one of the problems autonomous trucks will bring to the industry
GERMANY—Autonomous trucking might solve the driver-shortage problem,
save money and reduce emissions, but the massive job losses and other
problems caused by the shift over the next 13 years might well lead to
serious social disruption. Regulating agencies, industry and governments
in North America and Europe should start planning for the change now.
That’s the gist of a new broad-sweeping report released today by the
European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), the International
Transport Workers' Federation and the International Road Transport
Union (IRU), the road transport's industry's global body, in a project
led by the International Transport Forum, a Paris-based
intergovernmental organisation linked to the OECD.
Despite the ungainly title “Managing The Transition to Driverless
Roadfreight Transport,” the extensive report doesn’t pull punches.
Autonomous trucks will lead to huge layoffs. And if regulating bodies
don't start working together now to adopt driverless technology, chaos
“Automated trucks could reduce the demand for drivers by 50-70% in
the US and Europe by 2030, with up to 4.4 million of the projected 6.4
million professional trucking jobs becoming redundant, according to one
scenario,” the report says.
Even if the rise of driverless truck dissuades newcomers from
trucking, over two million drivers in the U.S. and Europe could be
directly displaced, the report says.
The report has four main recommendations for stake holders and regulators involved in the transportation industry:
* Consider a temporary permit system to manage the speed of adoption;
* Set international standards, road rules and vehicle regulations for self-driving trucks;
* Continue pilot projects with driverless trucks to test vehicles, network technology and communication protocols.
To download the entire report, click here.
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