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New partnership to explore impact of autonomous vehicles on American workforce

A group of companies and associations, including FedEx, Ford, Uber and Waymo, has announced the launch of the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO), a collaboration committed to exploring the impact of autonomous vehicles on American workers.

PTIO, whose other members include American Trucking Associations, Daimler, Lyft and Toyota Motor North America, plans to promote ‘open and thorough discourse’ about workforce issues, and to work to identify opportunities and develop solutions to address future challenges.

“As with any prior technological revolution, the transition from traditional to autonomous vehicles will not happen overnight,” said PTIO Executive Director Maureen Westphal.

 

“This evolution should allow adequate time for us to understand how autonomous vehicles may change the way we live and work and implement policies and programs to respond proactively to, and allow all Americans benefits from, those changes.”

The PTIO’s goals for its first six months include developing a well-rounded and data-based understanding of the impact and implications of autonomous vehicles on the future of work.

It will seek expertise and feedback from interested parties, and start to foster awareness of both existing and near-term career opportunities for workers during the transition to a new autonomous vehicle-enabled economy.

“Now is the time to engage stakeholders in an open dialogue about this evolving technology,” said Westphal.

“We look forward to continuing these conversations in communities throughout the country and leveraging the partnership to propose constructive steps in supporting jobs at the beginning of this transformative moment.”