Jun 1, 2017 - Economy & Business

Robot trucks could replace 2 million drivers by 2030

Tony Avelar / AP

Losers, per a new report from the International Transportation Forum: Introducing automated trucks in the U.S. and Europe would reduce the need for drivers by 50% to 70% by 2030, per the report. It's estimated that 4.4 million of the current 6.4 million drivers' jobs would become unnecessary, and over 2 million drivers would be directly displaced throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Winners: These driverless trucks will reportedly make roads safer, lower emissions, and help save costs. They will also help mitigate the shortage of people who want to become professional truck drivers, the report claims.

What's next: The report outline four recommendations on how to make the transition to driverless cars easier on those who will be displaced:

  1. "Establish a transition advisory board to advise on labour issues."
  2. "Consider a temporary permit system to manage the speed of adoption."
  3. "Set international standards, road rules and vehicle regulations for self-driving trucks."
  4. "Continue pilot projects with driverless trucks to test vehicles, network technology and communications protocols."

Go deeper: Here's where jobs will be lost when robots drive trucks.

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