What Happens To Drivers When TNCs Go Driverless?

Posted on August 24, 2016

(Photo credit: Foo Connor via from Creative Commons)

(Photo credit: Foo Connor via from Creative Commons)

The focus on autonomous vehicles begs the question, “What about the drivers?” as reported by Silicon Beat.

Lyft and its investor partner General Motors are testing self-driving technology with specially equipped 2017 Chevy Bolts in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Uber was in the news in connection with vehicle autonomy twice last week when it bought Otto, the self-driving truck technology company. Uber wanted its technology, not the trucks. Otto’s founders came from Google’s Self-Driving Car Project and other big-name tech firms.

Uber also sent a wake-up call to both the ridesharing and autonomous vehicle industries with its announcement last week that it will soon start offering free trips to Uber riders in autonomous technology-laden Volvos — with two engineers in the front to supervise the car’s self-driving and to monitor the data.

Digital Trends article here

Related Topics: autonomous vehicles, driverless cars, independent contractor issues, Lyft, self-driving vehicles, TNCs, Uber

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