by S. McColley, C. Kuchler, C. Johnson, W. Mentz, C. May, J. Lenyk and J. Mejia
Robots have impacted the transportation industry throughout time, but recently more than ever. They have impacted not only public transportation, but also the functionality of vehicles in areas such as China, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. They lead the way in technological advancements for transportation. The kinds of robots being used include self-driving cars and public transportation.
The cost of robots in transportation is one factor that impact the countries involved. The transportation industry is worth around 1.3 trillion dollars. The cost of labor outweighs the costs of technology. With the cost that comes with robots in transportation, there are also benefits. Savings that come from the switch from labor to robots include financial savings and savings from error.
While there are many benefits to robots, they can also hurt labor. While robots can increase efficiency in transportation, they also displace many workers in the industry. Robots displace jobs like drivers and maintenance workers. For example, vehicles are beginning to be self-driving, decreasing the need for human drivers. According to CNN, an estimated 5 million jobs in transportation are expected to be lost in the early 2020’s. When so many people are displaced, bigger companies end up owning services.
As of now, schools have made no initiatives to prepare students for the future of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) run industries. This is because it is believed that new technology will not actually lead to loss of jobs and can in fact increase the need for human labor. Humans are adapting to the use of robots in the transportation industry.
Ultimately, the end game for robots in the transportation industry is to make public transportation more available, increase efficiency of transportation, and increase its safety.