The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is to join a study looking at the impact of automated vehicles on the workforce.
TRI will contribute $75,000 to the American Center for Mobility (ACM) analysis of automated vehicles’ impact on driving-related jobs.
ACM’s study – titled ‘Preparing the Workforce for Automated Vehicles’ – is being conducted by Michigan State University in collaboration with Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
“TRI is committed to advancing automated vehicle technology in ways that improve society and individual well-being, and we need to better understand the impact this may have on future jobs and employment,” said Dr. Gill Pratt, TRI CEO and Toyota Motor Corporation Fellow.
“Our participation in this study can help address the societal effects in a meaningful way.”
The study, expected to be published later this year, aims to understand the impacts of automated vehicles on the workforce and lay the foundation for a training template for commercial drivers for the future. This training will focus particularly on the areas of freight and package delivery, taxi and ride-hailing.
By developing recommendations for industry training, the research aims to help ensure that job skills can evolve with new automated vehicle technology and that professional drivers can remain productively employed.
“Industry involvement is paramount as we undergo this study, especially when we consider the implications on talent and how the potential needs of employers will shift,” said ACM’s chief innovation officer Soraya Kim, who is leading the initiative.