The Coalition for Future Mobility, a group that’s been lobbying the US government to approve self-driving cars for public road usage, has recently signed on four new members. The group, which mainly consists of automakers, ride-sharing companies, and tech companies, introduced one new member that stood out from the rest: the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.
According to an article by Quartz, Jeff Solsby, who is a spokesman for the wholesalers organization, noted that the trade group joined the Coalition for Future Mobility in order to combat impaired driving by furthering the efforts of getting self-driving cars on the roads. He states that about 20,000 of the 74,000 employees that work for the wholesalers belonging to the group are drivers whose “livelihoods depend on safe roads”.
What that quote doesn’t note is that these drivers might be put out of a job if self-driving cars become more commonplace. The moment autonomous vehicles take over, that puts a lot of delivery positions out of work. With over 3.5 million truck drivers in the USA, a lot of them could see their jobs disappearing because of autonomous vehicles.
Driverless trucks are also expected to become mainstream before driverless cars due to the fact that highway driving is an easier problem to tackle than city navigation.
The future’s looking very different at the moment, and with the inclusion of groups like the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America coming on board for initiatives like self-driving cars, it’s only a matter of time before other organizations start to actively participate.