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Is automation about efficiency?

Volvo Trucks’ focus on automation globally centers on improving safety and productivity for professional drivers and benefiting motor carriers and society as a whole. (PRNewsfoto/Volvo Trucks North America)

The move towards self-driving transport is about efficiency not job losses, according to Volvo Trucks.

While roles will inevitable change and develop, automation will be used to take over certain tasks from humans and improve energy efficiency – that’s the message from Volvo Trucks.

“Automation is not about eliminating jobs.  Skilled professional drivers will still be in high demand. As trade and the world population continues to grow, so does the transport of goods. Automation is about making it more efficient,” said Ann-Sofi Karlsson, Volvo Trucks’ global director of human factors for automation.

Innovators Magazine reported the findings of a 2017 Deloitte survey, which said frontier technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive tech, offer opportunies for the job market; in supporting roles, not taking them over.

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