How Taxi Drivers Can Cope with a Driverless Future
With autonomous cars poised to take over, professional drivers will need new skills to earn a living
Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick said in a summit that the car hailing company will be working in easing drivers into new jobs ahead of the looming shift to driverless cars.
In the report by TechCrunch, Kalanick cited “vocational periods, education, and transition periods” referring to how Uber can help drivers move forward. While these answers by Kalanick are extremely vague, it remains important to think about what could happen to the profession in the coming years.
The first adaptors of driverless technology are unlikely to be the regular self-driving citizen driver. It would be taxi companies, the public transportation sector, trucking companies and services like Uber. Without a human driver and their associated costs in the picture, the idea of going driverless is just too irresistible for money-hungry corporations.