According to the 2014 Census data, more than 4.4 million Americans work as drivers. Will autonomous vehicles kill most of these driver required jobs? With the growth and advancement in autonomous vehicle technologies, many Americans are in danger of losing their job or taking significant cuts in their income because a new and convenient technology is taking their place. Autonomous vehicles are expected to reduce labor cost, fuel cost and accidents. The potential savings will outweigh the human cost, especially as companies fight for profit margins. While companies plot to save money in the future through using this new tech innovation, some individuals will lose money and be left with limited job options in their field.
Take truck driving for instance. According to Census Bureau occupational data, almost two percent of Americans working as drivers are truck drivers. Truck driving is one of the most common jobs around the country and this industry has already displayed hints of being affected by autonomous vehicles. Last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation agreed to let an autonomous truck from Otto, a company recently acquired by Uber, deliver 51,744 cans of Budweiser with no one in the driver’s seat. (There was still a driver present in the truck for safety purposes.) This year, Uber plans to have thousands of trucks equipped with autonomous technology.
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