Driver­less car tech linked to jobs rise

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - CHAR­LIE TAY­LOR

As many as 100,000 high-end di­rect and in­di­rect jobs could be cre­ated in Ire­land by 2030 as driver­less cars be­come the norm, a new re­port claims. The study sug­gests the State has the po­ten­tial to be­come a lead­ing global hub for com­pa­nies de­vel­op­ing con­nected and au­tonomous ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy.

How­ever, it warns Ire­land must act im­me­di­ately to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties by en­sur­ing we have the right skills base and by re­view­ing leg­is­la­tion to en­sure our road net­work is fit for pur­pose. “The Gov­ern­ment has an es­sen­tial role to play in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the smooth and safe in­tro­duc­tion of con­nected and au­tonomous ve­hi­cles onto our roads and help­ing to en­sure Ire­land reaps the max­i­mum eco­nomic ben­e­fit from these tech­nolo­gies,” said John McCarthy, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor and leader of in­tel­li­gent mo­bil­ity for en­gi­neer­ing group Arup in Ire­land.

The global con­nected car mar­ket is ex­pected to grow in the next five years to over $180 bil­lion and this will be un­der­pinned by the de­liv­ery of soft­ware and hard­ware ser­vices. In­tel has in­di­cated self-driv­ing cars could lead to the cre­ation of an ad­di­tional $7 tril­lion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity pro­vided by a new wave of tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions.

Arup’s re­port says Ire­land is in a great po­si­tion to ben­e­fit from the wide­spread adop­tion of driver­less cars. “‘Ire­land Plc’ is uniquely po­si­tioned to ac­cel­er­ate job cre­ation across a num­ber of re­lated ar­eas, in­clud­ing: cy­ber­se­cu­rity; data cen­tres and man­age­ment; video an­a­lyt­ics; in­fo­tain­ment; au­ton­omy sys­tems; com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works; and de­tec­tion sen­sors,” said Mr McCarthy.

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