Refutation: Driverless cars will destroy jobs!



On MarketWatch, Linked Here, the author states that driverless cars would leave thousands of drivers without jobs. Additionally, most current drivers will probably not transition to another job, such as maintaining vehicles that are running 24 hours a day.

Our economy is changing, period. It happens with every great technological feat. Let’s think back to when horse drawn carriages transitioned over to the Ford Model T cars… Guess what? Those carriage drivers probably started driving cars eventually. Maintaining a horse was time consuming, and horses are SLOW.

Ok, so the author does have a point that maybe the majority of current drivers won’t enter the maintenance industry. Well the funny thing is that while autonomous technology is increasing so is electric cars. So there will probably be less maintenance anyway; however, what other jobs would be available?

From our vantage point, we might not be able to see it yet, but like I said earlier, our economy is CHANGING. Our society will adapt, and people will be afforded new jobs. Unfortunately, a person may have to learn new skills, but that is how society becomes more productive… You know how we transitioned out of agrarian to industrial and now we’re in the post-industrial era… Today it’s our information and service, what you know and what you can do with it… tomorrow, it could very likely change to something entirely new.

Hey coalition of Uber drivers against change. Stop with your shenanigans, and just let this Autopilot Go!

-Team APG

Affirmative: Driverless cars can help society



Reilly Brennan director of the automotive program for Stanford University discussed the implications for urban planning and how cities are developed based on the element of autonomy, linked here. Some of the questions She tried to answer was what it will mean for reclaimed space, what it will mean for the underserved and how cities will be funded after there is no more human error to tax. With the boom of transportation networks companies such as Lyft and Uber autonomous vehicles can use this opportunity to re-frame the mean of city transportation.

Autonomous vehicles in the future will have a positive relationship with our cities and community. Per Seleta Reynolds of the Los Angeles department of transportation the technology of the autonomous vehicles will re-frame our community as we know it. All in all, Reynolds believe that our cities could be safer with this new artificial technology whether its bike riding, bus transportation, walking, or cars. Autonomous vehicles would make all means of transportation publicly friendly. The results of this would be less traffic, accidents and parking. Since cities are usually funded by human errors such as parking tickets and speed cameras. They’re also funded by meter parking and commercial parking lots. The funds for this usually goes back into the community whether it’s for public safety, police, parks and libraries. This will probably cause politicians to find other means for funding these different departments.

Autonomous vehicles use in public transportation can help the less fortunate or the underserved with affordable transportation. Vehicles such as zip cars and ubers can benefit with their shared vehicles with more people utilizing them instead of public transportation. Also, people who are physically unable to drive because of age, physical or mental ability can also benefit from autonomous vehicles by having the ability to use these shared cars to get from point A to B. Eliminating the use of government services and relying on help from others.

Ideally autonomous vehicles in the public use can help the environment by limiting the cars on the road contributing in less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere ultimately slowing down the process of global warming. Also, I agree with its ability to eliminate human error even though it will decrease the funding for public departments such as libraries, parks and police stations. Overall I believe that the relationship between the cities and its residence will work out for the better good. Having a safer city would contribute to people walking more or using bicycles which can contribute to better health for people using these means of transportation. Lastly, I believe that people can save money with the use of shared autonomous vehicles as well as benefit from the ability to be able to travel when necessary or need.