Green light for auto in Aus

Re­port on auto im­pact is re­leased

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AU­TO­MA­TION has been given the green light by a Fed­eral Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee tasked to ex­plore the so­cial im­pact of the tech­nol­ogy.

The re­port, com­plied over a 12 month pe­riod, looked into many facets of the ques­tion, from the ben­e­fits au­to­ma­tion will have for those with a dis­abil­ity to the im­pend­ing job loss for many driv­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the Par­lia­men­tary re­port, au­tonomous ve­hi­cles could be pass­ing us on the high­way as soon as 2020.

To help aid this change the com­mit­tee, made up of fed­eral politi­cians, rec­om­mended that the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­tate and en­cour­age tri­als of au­to­mated ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on tri­als that en­able mem­bers of the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence au­to­mated ve­hi­cles on pub­lic roads – in a bid to as­sist pub­lic per­cep­tion.

In con­junc­tion with this, state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments and lo­cal coun­cils, are asked to con­sider fund­ing of tri­als of au­to­mated ve­hi­cles with a pub­lic trans­port ap­pli­ca­tion, in both metropolitan ar­eas and re­gional lo­ca­tions.

How­ever a main fea­ture of in­ter­est for driv­ers could be iden­ti­fied in the anal­y­sis on the im­pact this change will have on em­ploy­ment in the sec­tor.

The re­port il­lus­trated the be­lief that the im­pact of au­to­ma­tion will be felt fur­ther afield, rather than just in the homes of pro­fes­sional driv­ers.

“While sub­stan­tial im­pacts on the work­force are con­tin­gent on highly au­to­mated ve­hi­cles re­plac­ing hu­man driv­ers – a prospect un­likely to even­tu­ate in the short term – the Com­mit­tee recog­nises that there will be neg­a­tive im­pacts on the work­force as a whole and on the in­di­vid­ual peo­ple who com­prise it,” the re­port noted.

Fig­ures quoted by the Australian Academy of Tech­nol­ogy and En­gi­neer­ing (ATSE) sug­gested au­to­ma­tion’s im­pact on em­ploy­ment was likely to oc­cur in the medium term.

Mod­el­ling by the Com­mit­tee for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralia sug­gests that na­tion­ally, al­most five mil­lion jobs face a high prob­a­bil­ity of be­ing re­placed in the next decade or two while a fur­ther 18.4 per cent of the work­force has a medium prob­a­bil­ity of hav­ing their roles elim­i­nated.

In an op-ed piece on the re­port, Shadow Min­is­ter for the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and the Fu­ture of Work Ed Hu­sic said he be­lieves gov­ern­ment needs to start pre­par­ing.

“This driver­less ve­hi­cle re­port re­quires gov­ern­ment con­sider what skills will be use­ful in fu­ture, which jobs may be lost and where the new op­por­tu­ni­ties for jobs will arise,” he wrote.

“And this will be the stuff that chal­lenges politi­cians to think be­yond the daily skir­mishes and en­gage in long term plan­ning about train­ing not just fu­ture gen­er­a­tions – but look­ing af­ter peo­ple whose jobs will be pro­gres­sively and fun­da­men­tally al­tered by tech.

“In­di­vid­u­ally we’re go­ing to need to be ready not just to change jobs be­tween com­pa­nies – but change the type of job we do.”

The Com­mit­tee also rec­om­mended the Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Strat­egy in­ves­ti­gate po­ten­tial vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties re­lat­ing to au­to­ma­tion.

❝ Five mil­lion jobs face a high prob­a­bil­ity of be­ing re­placed in the next decade... — Com­mit­tee for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralia


AU­TON­OMY AHEAD: An au­tonomous Freight­liner semi-trailer on tri­als in the USA.


Shadow Min­is­ter for the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and the Fu­ture of Work Ed Hu­sic.

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