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?”
Focusing on connectivity, interoperability and resilience in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, the US-27 Smart Connectivity Corridor project will support cutting edge development and provide the infrastructure for the future tech-enabled businesses and workforce.
This paper serves as a policy road map for complex issues related to this transportation revolution and its potential impact on equity, public transit, parking, land use and real estate development.
By leveraging Autonomous Drones for delivery of pharmaceuticals and pick up of diagnostics, this Union Point project will explore a hybrid system that uses a modified vehicle as a drone-port to solve both range and payload challenges.
With civic engagement an increasingly important component for transportation planners and smart city leaders, examples of municipalities answering the needs of their residents can be instructive in addressing future transportation programs.
The “quite brilliant” engineers and technologists who are developing automated vehicles need to “step up and educate the public about this new technology” to boost confidence, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Tuesday.
By the end of the year, the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty will open the first portion of what will be world’s biggest autonomous vehicle testing facility.
The Buffalo Niagara region is writing a new story — a story about how a "rust belt" region is retooling itself in the 21st century to meet the real challenge of how to live more sustainably in an era of economic and demographic change and environmental uncertainty.
This project will establish a Regional Smart Transportation Network within the State of Louisiana across the strategic corridor from Interstate 10 south to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and extend from the City of New Orleans to the western border.
The Midwest Connect Corridor project is part of the Rapid-Speed Transportation Initiative (RSTI) to explore intercity routes that could utilize two rapid-speed transportation technology options - traditional passenger rail and/or Hyperloop technology - between Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.