Social and training aspects of automation in road transport: what next?
Automation is expected to become a game changer in both how businesses are conducted and how mobility services are consumed. The challenges and opportunities are enormous for both large companies and SMEs, with new business patterns, behaviours and disruptors emerging. Legislation will need to be adapted at all levels - UN, EU and national, and also cover basic regulation such as working, driving and rest time rules, particularly on the road to full level 5 automated driving.
The driver profession will also change along the way from the current level 3, through level 4 (over the coming years), up to level 5 - full driving automation. Level 5 will first impact specific situations such as driving in vehicle platooning, driving on construction sites and driving in dedicated lanes/sites, such as in bus rapid transit. Drivers will not disappear; driver profiles will rather progressively change. Driver training will also have to adapt – and adapt relatively rapidly.
The objective of this workshop is to bring together existing current knowledge, including the most advanced practical knowledge from the sector regarding automation in professional road transport. The potential impact on the future of driver profiles and expected future training needs will also be examined. Knowledge accumulated within EU funded projects, manufacturers, training institutes and road transport companies themselves will also be shared.