Why Self-driving Vehicles Will Not Affect Jobs
It was only last Thursday that Uber made an announcement regarding its plan to offer rides in Pittsburgh for customers using self-driving vehicles. The announcement brought about feeling of dismay to people who think they might be losing their jobs soon. There is no denying the fact that sharing economy companies such as Uber are expected to represent the largest source when it comes to job increase in the economy of the country. When Uber decided to turn into automated vehicles, does this mean that workers are going to lose their jobs?
During an interview conducted by Business Insider with the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, he argues that all drivers of Uber should not be dismayed. He estimated that there will still be a lot of works for drivers in many years to come. He said that in cities such as the Bay Area or San Francisco, there are around 30,000 active drivers working for the company. The company is planning to expand from 30,000 vehicles to maybe a million in the future. When the data has reached million, there is still a need for the company to use vehicles that are human driven or hybrids. This is because there are a lot of locations wherein self-driving cars won’t be able to reach or there are conditions that an automated vehicle might not be able to handle properly compared to human. While the jobs offered may only be a small percentage of the entire fleet, it is still expected that there will be around 50,000 to 100,000 human drivers needed for a million-car company. Kalanick said that the need for human drivers will not dwindle as fast as everyone thinks.
The argument that Kalanick is putting up is not a made-up one since there are other industries where it has happened. Take for example the time when automated teller machines were released and many assumed that because of this machine a lot of bank tellers will be losing their jobs. That was not the case. Uber drivers need not worry because they will be keeping their jobs in bkk.