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Uber Drivers Go To War Against Self-Driving Cars

Posted on September 16, 2016

Photo via Pixabay (niekverlaan)
Photo via Pixabay (niekverlaan)
While Uber sees the launch of its self-driving car program as a step forward in transportation, its drivers are not so sure.

Uber announced Sept. 14 it had begun a pilot program of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh for select passengers. Right now, the driverless cars come with a human engineer who intervenes when necessary, but drivers fear a future in which they will be entirely replaced by software and sensors.

Jim Conigliaro Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild, which represents 35,000 Uber drivers in the New York City area, said he found the launch “concerning” particularly because Uber has been working with regulators to allow ride-hailing in cities on the premise that it brings jobs to the community.

Market Watch article here

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

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