THE CASE AGAINST
I really like driving… Government revenues will fall with less money earned from fuel taxes, private registration and stamp duties. Many US cities, including New York, Chicago and Pittsburgh, have banned on-road testing in metro areas, citing safety concerns. The effect on any country’s economy will be massive – a disruption measured in the US alone at US$4 trillion with major job losses. Jobs in long haul trucking will be devastated. Waymo is already testing big rigs on real-world roads. So is Otto. All designed to save the US$0.64C a mile in driver costs and benefits. Safety. Two welldocumented fatalities – one with Tesla’s Auto Pilot, the other with an Uber prototype killing a cyclist – are cited as grave safety issues. Driving and delivery jobs will go, and with them, wages. The Fedex and UPS ‘last mile’ delivery of parcels won’t need drivers.