Driverless — but not humanless — vehicle systems

Research examines labor shift as autonomous vehicles become more viable

By Leah Kaplan, Zoe Szajnfarber and John Paul Helveston

Researchers and ride-hailing companies regularly claim that eliminating drivers via automated vehicles (AVs) will “zero out” labor costs for robotaxi services. These claims worry government officials who fear large-scale job losses and associated social upheaval from AVs.

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