Should Uber and Lyft drivers be worried about self-driving cars stealing their jobs? That was the question recently posed by BuzzFeed after both firms revealed they were investing in autonomous vehicles for the future.
That means essentially that they hope that one day they will have no need for the very drivers that are currently making their business a success.
BuzzFeed hit the streets to find out what Uber and Lyft drivers thought about the investment in robots that could mean in a few years they would be out of a job.
The firm’s reporter for the future of transportation, Johana Bhuiyan, said she thinks fully autonomous vehicles are 20 or 30 years down the road.
But Stage 4 autonomous vehicles – those that essentially drive them selves but still need a person behind the wheel just in case anything goes wrong – are probably going to be on the roads within a decade.
Lyft told BuzzFeed in a statement: “While it will be years until we roll out an on-demand autonomous network, we believe that autonomous vehicles are the future of transportation.
“Having pioneered peer-to-peer ridesharing, Lyft will continue to play a leadership role in the evolution of how we get around.
“We have a strong driver community and we are dedicated to treating them better than any other ridesharing platform. That won’t change, we will work closely with drivers and explore ways for them to participate in shaping the future.”
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