How can truck-driver jobs fit into a driverless economy?
Source: Mobility Lab | By: Ethan Goffman
This is Part 1 of a series on how autonomous vehicles could affect U.S. society.
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Driverless trucks and cars are likely coming soon. They are envisioned to save time and money and help the environment – but they may also throw millions out of work.
In a society that largely identifies worth through what one does, the economic shock may be matched by the social one. In the shorter term, the safety of these cars must be ensured before bringing them online, while it is vital to cushion working people. In the longer term, driverless trucks, taxis, and buses are just one wave in a tsunami of automation likely to challenge notions of the meaning of work and, indeed, of human existence itself.
For the Teamsters Union, the shorter term is prominent.
“Why is it a robot-car apocalypse?” asked Kara Deniz, senior communications coordinator for the Teamsters, in a phone interview. “Why can’t we have a conversation about what can happen to protect workers?”
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StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.
Zach Huhn, chief executive of the Venture Smarter technology collaborative, said that for the higher-tech aspects of automated travel, public agencies should let the automotive sector lead the way rather than risk getting stuck with expensive, but incompatible, systems.
The Knight Foundation is stepping directly into the smart cities and transportation arena with the award of more than $5 million to five cities.
Pedestrian safety is a serious problem in New Jersey. Last year alone, 184 people died in pedestrian-vehicle crashes, according to the New Jersey State Police.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $15 million to fund two new University Transportation Centers (UTCs).
Columbus has been rapidly innovating since its Smart Columbus plan won the U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge in June 2016, and this new pilot adds to a growing list of steps the city is taking to become a leader in transportation technology and research.
The Safer and Smarter Arizona Roadways Initiative aims to foster safer roadway navigation and interaction by supporting intelligent decision making using data derived from an infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) communication platform.
I am convinced that most solutions are already here to address our biggest road safety problems. We only need the internal fortitude, the moral compass, and the strength of conviction to apply the tools at our disposal.
The city of Santa Monica has officially awarded Bird, Lime, Lyft and JUMP Bikes, which Uber acquired in April, permits to operate both electric scooters and/or bikes in the city as part of its 16-month pilot program beginning September 17.