CARA, in partnership with the FNTR, published on 27 January 2020 its report on the impact of the autonomous vehicle on employment, skills and training in the Road Freight Transport sector. Previewed by Anne-Marie Idrac at the Solutrans exhibition, this text aims to present the main issues and developments that will result from the increasing automation of commercial vehicles.

Anne-Marie IDRAC (high representative for the development of autonomous vehicles) visited us on the Innovative Mobility stand at SOLUTRANS 2019

In 2018, France is committed to a strategy for the development of autonomous vehicles. This strategy is structured around 10 actions that should make it possible to create the right framework for traffic, system validation, homologation and data security. Among all the actions carried out, one of them should make it possible to analyse the impact of the development of the autonomous vehicle on employment and skills needs. And for the industrial vehicle, it is the CARA cluster (European Cluster for Mobility Solutions), of which the FNTR is a member, which was in charge of submitting its conclusions. This report is therefore an intermediate synthesis of the work carried out, which tends to define the impact of changes in terms of employment, skills, training and social developments according to the different degrees of automation.

“Our work shows that progressive automation will not only make our jobs more attractive, but also make them safer. It will also enable companies to achieve clear productivity gains and maintain a high level of social, environmental and economic performance,” explains Jean-Yves Astouin, President of the FNTR PACA and who co-chaired the work.

It also shows that full automation (level 5, requiring no human intervention) is really not for tomorrow. And not just because of technological limitations. The absence of human intervention poses very concrete problems in legal and insurance terms, and quite simply on the road-sharing model. “Road drivers still have a bright future ahead of them,” he adds. A message that is all the more important to get across at a time when the profession is clearly under pressure in terms of employment. With an age pyramid that puts this shortage on a long-term basis.

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