The American Center for Mobility, located between Detroit and Ann Arbor in Ypsilanti Township, is collaborating with Michigan State University and Texas A&M Transportation Institute to look at the impacts of autonomous vehicles on transportation jobs and future skills training.
The study will look at driving-related jobs including professional truck drivers, taxi drivers and delivery drivers, according to a statement from The American Center for Mobility released earlier this week.
Our goal is to ensure that employees, employers and policymakers are informed about the potential developments, so they can approach them proactively rather than reacting to issues as they arise
– Soraya Kim, Chief Innovation Officer ACM
Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s part in the study focuses on truck platooning, and how connected and autonomous vehicles can create safer working conditions and opportunities to change freight logistics moving forward. The study is fueled overall by the questions of how changing technology impacts transportation workers and the industry?
MSU is leading the study, which is also being co-sponsored by AARP and Google’s mobility software company Waymo. ACM expects more companies to join in support of the mobility study, which MSU professor Shelia Cotton said has the potential to change the labor market.