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American Center for Mobility study to explore impact of connected and autonomous vehicles on jobs

The American Center for Mobility (ACM) has commissioned a workforce study to look at the impact of connected and autonomous vehicles on today’s transportation jobs.

The study, which will be undertaken by Michigan State University (MSU) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), will focus on driving-related jobs, including professional truck drivers, taxi drivers and delivery drivers.

“Our goal is to ensure that employees, employers and policymakers are informed about the potential developments, so they can approach them proactively rather than reacting to issues as they arise,” said Soraya Kim, ACM’s Chief Innovation Officer.

Shelia Cotten, MSU Foundation Professor and Director of the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research, said: “The adoption of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) has the potential to lead to job impacts in the transportation and mobility sector and create a range of new labor opportunities in businesses that develop and implement innovative usage models for CAVs.”

The study, led by MSU, will also explore how the future workforce should be trained to provide the skilled jobs that will power the development and deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles.

John Maddox, President and CEO of the American Center for Mobility, said: “The impacts depend largely on the way that the technology will really be introduced and utilized, as well as the readiness and rate of introduction.

“No one yet knows if, how, or when jobs will be affected.”

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is supporting the study based on its research into truck platooning.

Christopher Poe, the Institute’s Assistant Director, Connected and Automated Transportation Strategy, said: “Connected and automated technologies have the potential to create a safer and less stressful occupation for platooning truck drivers while creating opportunities to be involved with cutting-edge technologies that will change the way freight logistics will be delivered in the future.”