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Autonomous vehicle industry forms new lobby

A self-driving car with the Waymo logo on its back windshield
A Waymo autonomous vehicle. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Several of the leading companies developing autonomous vehicles are planning a Washington push to calm fears that the technology will radically reshape the nature of work, including the elimination of driving-focused jobs.

Why it matters: Automation powered by new developments in robotics and artificial intelligence is both a business opportunity for these companies and a potential public-relations nightmare, if they are seen as responsible for large-scale unemployment.