Technology moves our society forward, it will be important to ensure this new technology will not negatively affect the economy.
When he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast, Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan discussed what needs to happen as transportation technology advances. He also spoke about transportation employment opportunities and safety measures.
Autonomous vehicle advancements
Regan said the advancements in autonomous vehicles is happening rapidly, with little in the way to stop them. The time to act on crafting legislation surrounding these vehicles is now, while the technology is still developing and the majority of cars are operated by people.
One of the most important pieces to think about is potential job loss. The transportation industry supports millions of American jobs. While not all of these are driving occupations, supported jobs could also disappear.
Regan said this job creation may have to be done legislatively. Employers will seek to eliminate overhead labor costs as soon as possible, so it is crucial legislators get ahead of things now before jobs are lost forever.
Making autonomous vehicles safe
In addition to creating jobs, Reagan said safety will be paramount. Since autonomous vehicles are fairly new technology, many of their problems have not yet been discovered. He called on the Department of Transportation to craft safety measures to protect workers and consumers alike.
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