Autonomous vehicles could arrive much sooner than expected

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Currently the two biggest areas of technological development in the motor trade are electric power and autonomous vehicles. Both are huge growth areas and there are massive potential profits available for companies who are successful with innovations.

Arguably the area with the most growth potential is autonomous vehicles. Many people believe this technology is a long way off and a huge amount of work is needed. Surprisingly though a lot of companies and industry experts have claimed the opposite. They believe that the technology is much closer to coming to fruition. One of these is Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors.

Last year Elon Musk explained that the hardware for fully autonomous cars already exists; the thing holding back progress was software. The major area where work was needed was developing advanced and narrow artificial intelligence (AI). Advanced AI is used to control a wide array of things whereas the narrow variant specialises in a single task. The latter is very important for driving a vehicle.

The fact the hardware is available and it is only software that is needed means that fully autonomous vehicles will likely arrive much sooner than many people think. Tesla is already looking at ways to create a “shared fleet” whereby self-driving vehicles can be used almost like taxis when their owners are not using them. They would be able to transport people by becoming part of a larger network of interconnected systems.

When autonomous vehicles do arrive on the market, whether it is sooner or later, it will have a huge impact on jobs. The whole road infrastructure in countries will need to change to accommodate them. On top of this manufacturers will need new facilities to produce the vehicles, dealers will need sellers with the ability to showcase the products, and countless other roles will be created. As a result there will be a lot of pressure on motor trade recruitment.

At John Gibson Associates we have been involved with specialist recruitment in the motor trade for several years. We have seen big changes in the past and helped businesses to deal with them. We are confident we can do the same in the future, continuing to focus on achieving the best for our clients.

If you would like to discuss your needs with the most experienced motor trade recruitment specialists in the UK please contact us.