Over 4 Million Jobs Could Be Lost in Rapid Transition to Autonomous Vehicles

Stick Shift: Autonomous Vehicles, Driving Jobs, and the Future of Work

Over 4 million driving jobs could be lost to fully autonomous vehicles if this technology is adopted in a short period of time, a new paper from the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS) finds.

Stick Shift: Autonomous Vehicles, Driving Jobs, and the Future of Work” shows that men and people of color nationally and workers in states such as North Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Iowa, and Indiana would suffer disproportionate pain and economic disruption from such a transition. In these states, a higher share of workers is in driving occupations, and those jobs pay significantly more than non-driving occupations. Many of those impacted could lose their jobs, and experience declining wages in both driving and non-driving occupations. The economic ripple effects throughout those states and their regions would be severe.

With more than 30 companies—from automakers such as BMW and Ford to leading technology corporations like Apple and Google—developing autonomous vehicle technology, the idea that workers will be supplanted by these innovations is no longer science fiction.

“This crisis is likely right around the corner,” says Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, CGPS President and CEO. “We need a strong safety net that can bolster workers in the event of large-scale, rapid job losses, along with policies that can transition them to new jobs.”

Select findings include:


  •     Of the nation’s 4.1 million driving jobs, 77 percent are delivery and heavy truck drivers, 14 percent are bus drivers, and 8 percent are taxi and chauffeur drivers. There are 3.6 million men and about half a million women in these occupations.

Read the full article from the Source…

Join The Discussion