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Driverless cars could lead to job losses, warns London Assembly report

A report on preparations for driverless cars in London has warned that a significant number of driving jobs could be lost if connected and autonomous vehicle technology becomes widespread.

In its report, the London Assembly Transport Committee urged Transport for London to do more to prepare for the arrival of driverless cars.

While the advent of connected and autonomous vehicle technology offers significant road safety and mobility benefits, found the committee, the same technology could lead to the loss of existing driving jobs.

“Thousands of Londoners are employed as bus drivers and their positions may be at risk with the rise of this technology,” said the report.

“This may also apply to other driving professions, including in the freight, taxi and private hire sectors. Job losses as a result of automation may have a negative economic impact on London.”