It’s not just 3.5 million drivers, but also more than 5 million others who are involved such as workers in motels and restaurants are endangered.
Some, like Erik Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and co-author of The Second Machine Age, think the solution is in support for unemployed through training programmes.
He says “As the pie gets bigger, we can afford a better safety net for people who end up with bad luck in terms of jobs that get eliminated”.
Personally, I can’t get rid off the feeling that this is way too simplified solution for a massive problem of potentially more than 8 million unemployed.
What the People Say?
While waiting for some serious research, that will deliver public opinion more accurately, I’ve found some interesting reactions regarding this matter.
Here are some comments on Huffington post’s article:
Looking at these comments, it reasonable to think that public opinion will be splitted. Obviously, you can look at this issue from different perspectives, and not all of them are about the money and profits.
When talking about self-driving vehicles, you can easily take sides using strong arguments. However, the fact is that drivers get distracted, while machines don’t. It’s simple as that.
In my opinion, the real issue is the future of professional drivers. Ironically, in times when everybody is talking about truck drivers shortage as a huge potential problem, new technology comes out threatening to replace human work and put truck drivers out of their profession.
Ok, maybe I put this too dramatically and too rather too early, but I’m very sure that automated driving will raise questions.
The truck drivers, who this issue concerns the most, will surely feel the benefits of the new technology. They won’t do boring parts of driving, and will able to take some rest or do the activities like negotiating.
So for the time being it’s good to be a truck driver. But what is going to happened in the future? Only time will tell.