CAD employment impacts study

17 September 2020

Employment Impacts of Connected and Automated Driving
In 2019, the European Commission launched a study to acquire detailed knowledge of the expected impacts of connected and automated driving (CAD) on jobs and employment. The purpose of the study was to create a better understanding of the social impacts of the introduction of CAD and facilitate the development of appropriate evidence-based policy options.
A CAD Study conducted by Ecorys, ERTICO, IRU, М-Five, SEURECO, TRT, UITP and VTT covers the potential impact of CAD on jobs and employment in the wider road transport sector. The social impacts of CAD deployment were studied in four scenarios – from low to high uptake of CAD technology and differentiating between futures focusing on shared or private mobility – in a timeline extending up to 2050.
In a layered approach, the Study takes into account potential consequences at EU, national and regional (NUTS2) levels for professional drivers and others in the road transport workforce, such as those involved in infrastructure provision, maintenance and IT personnel, customer service, administration, and management. Our results, which make a distinction between impacts on passenger and freight road transport, also relate to the impacts in manufacturing sectors (e.g. vehicle manufacturing, electronics and communication technologies).
The Final Conference marks the completion of the 16-month CAD Study. The objective is to present our results so that they can be of use to local, national and EU authorities, as well as the social partners in road transport to formulate future policies in regard to CAD in road transport.