This is Uber’s first driverless vehicle–and Uber’s human drivers should be worried. A disruptive business model is experiencing their own disruptor: The Driverless Car. That’s the headline in yesterday’s Fast Company and in many other news outlets today.
Bloomberg says Uber’s goal is to replace its more than 1 million human drivers with robot drivers “as quickly as possible.”
It’s truly amazing to witness the disruptive nature of technology. Clearly we have seen it in changing traditional businesses through the advent of robotics, eCommerce, internet and much more. I found this article extremely interesting in that the major disruptor to the taxi business, Uber, is starting to experience its own disruptor, a driverless car. And Uber was founded in March of 2009 with the first app being released in June of 2010 … a little more than six short years ago. Can anyone say “Holy Batman!!”
Unfortunately, as with other ‘creative destruction’ scenarios, the employees are the ones who are most affected through job loss, reduced hours, lower pay and so forth. As I have mentioned in other posts, being prepared to adapt to this ever changing world now, before it becomes a necessity for you and your family, would be a wise move. At the very least, it would be prudent to at least have a conversation around “what would we do if this happened to us?”
All this to say, changes in the way we do business are coming fast and continually. Perhaps it’s time to rethink other streams of revenue that utilize technology to your benefit!