Just 417,000 skilled workers will be supplied to a global industry where the demand is 1,159,000; a single autonomous car engineer adds £10million to a company’s value

The UK’s pool of driverless car engineer talent could be a barrier to the government’s plan to turn the UK into a hub of development in driverless car technology

A single autonomous car engineer adds £10million to a company’s value, according to a driverless car networking manager; that's based on a shortage of autonomous car engineeers and how much the industry values this sector.

So low is the pool of autonomous car engineers that it’s expected that by 2025, just 417,000 skilled workers will be supplied to a global industry with demand for 1,159,000.

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The Intelligent Mobility Skills Strategy, a report released late last year by Catapult Transport Systems, alleges the shortfall, and offers solutions such as reducing the transport industry’s hunger for traditional, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-skilled workers; instead focusing on digitally-skilled workers, as well as apprenticeship schemes, in order to quell the deficit.

Alex Lawrence-Berkeley, organiser of ‘Self Driving Track Days’ – a networking event aimed at grassroots driverless car technology projects – highlighted the shortfall in talent at the most recent Track Day, alongside the showcasing of latest autonomous technologies from across the globe.

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The UK government has been aiming at making the UK the global hub for the development of autonomous cars, and has allocated funds to several aspects of driverless cars’ development, including cyber security, testing and driverless public transport solutions.

Lawrence-Berkeley also expressed uncertainty about funding due to be announced in coming weeks as the ‘purdah’ period prevents any new funding being announced or awarded ahead of the snap election on 8 June.

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1 May 2017
All this driverless car drivel. I read this to get information on cars i want to actually drive

1 May 2017
The Day of getting into your daily transport and pushing a button to do your journey is coming,no matter what we think about it it's coming,it is the thought of will there be accidents?,what will an auto onus Car do in a potential crash situation?,what if you take I'll in one?,there are I am sure many other scenarios we can all come up with,but,the technology is there it is just the integration that will be hard and long.

Peter Cavellini.

1 May 2017
It's nearly no nearer now than it was 10 years ago, also I notice no company has ever said how much this option will be, £20,000?, the take up of £800 self parking option has hardly been great has it.

 

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1 May 2017
"It's nearly no nearer now than it was 10 years ago, also I notice no company has ever said how much this option will be, £20,000?, the take up of £800 self parking option has hardly been great has it."

Self parking hasn't been taken up because (owning a Mercedes where it came as standard equipment) it's more hassle to use than to park yourself. Comparing self park to autonomous cars is comparing apples and oranges.

It's simply untrue to say that autonomous cars are no closer than they were 10 years ago. Tesla were not on the road and the manufacturers were not investing in autonomous cars in the way they are today. Ford have committed to a fully autonomous car by 2022.

Enthusiasts on this site and others make the mistake of thinking that they drive the car market when infant it's the 95% of drivers who don't care one jot for driving. Drivng will go the way of horse riding and become the preserve of wealthy enthusiasts over the next 20 years as the majority (the folks sitting frustrated in traffic jams in rush hour) switch to vehicles that allow them to do the things important to them as they crawl home at an average speed of 20-30 miles per hour.

1 May 2017
"It's nearly no nearer now than it was 10 years ago, also I notice no company has ever said how much this option will be, £20,000?, the take up of £800 self parking option has hardly been great has it."

Self parking hasn't been taken up because (owning a Mercedes where it came as standard equipment) it's more hassle to use than to park yourself. Comparing self park to autonomous cars is comparing apples and oranges.

It's simply untrue to say that autonomous cars are no closer than they were 10 years ago. Tesla were not on the road and the manufacturers were not investing in autonomous cars in the way they are today. Ford have committed to a fully autonomous car by 2022.

Enthusiasts on this site and others make the mistake of thinking that they drive the car market when infant it's the 95% of drivers who don't care one jot for driving. Drivng will go the way of horse riding and become the preserve of wealthy enthusiasts over the next 20 years as the majority (the folks sitting frustrated in traffic jams in rush hour) switch to vehicles that allow them to do the things important to them as they crawl home at an average speed of 20-30 miles per hour.

1 May 2017
Jon is right. For the vast majority of people, a car is a mere appliance to enable them to get from one place to another, and driving is a chore. Even for us enthusiasts, many of our journeys lack any pleasure. So why not pass the effort to an autonomous vehicle so that you can do something else instead. I think that, where this will have the greatest impact will be that we don't all have to keep our own cars. We can treat them like taxis, and because they won't have an expensive taxi driver, they will be much cheaper than running your own car. The consequence of this will be to declutter our roads of parked cars so that people can reclaim their streets.
I hope that this vision is in place by the time I am elderly and can't drive safely so that I can remain mobile.

2 May 2017
Scoobman wrote:

For the vast majority of people, a car is a mere appliance to enable them to get from one place to another, and driving is a chore.

They need to start taking the bus or train then! Driving is never a chore.

1 May 2017
"It's simply untrue to say that autonomous cars are no closer than they were 10 years ago." I didn't say "no closer than they... ". Basically you have to be going in a straigt'ish line on a good road, with good road markings and you hands have to ready to grab the wheel, it's no more thn an advanced cruise control. "Comparing self park to autonomous cars is comparing apples and oranges." no they're similar except one will be vastly more expensive.
Let me know when a car can go from one side of London to the other and park itself, even then it won't be viable as it'll be a £30,000 option

 

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1 May 2017
'Let me know when a car can go from one side of London to the other and park itself, even then it won't be viable as it'll be a £30,000 option'

Er, 2022 as Ford have committed to doing.

2 May 2017
And you believe that? Utter nonsense

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