More often than not automation raises concerns around people being replaced by machines and forced out of the workplace by tireless robots.
But the accelerating development of driverless cars and other autonomous automotive systems may just reverse those concerns.
Research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in conjunction with KPMG, revealed that autonomous and connected cars will create 320,000 jobs in the UK by 2030. So much for the rise of the machines.
The report, titled Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The UK Economic Opportunity, highlighted that the development of tech-stuffed cars will boost Britain's automotive industry, famed for Jaguar, Land Rover, Roll Royce and Aston Martin, among others.
This expansion will in turn create job opportunities in an industry that currently employs 770,000 people. Around 25,000 of the new jobs will be created in automotive manufacturing alone, an area that had ironically been crushed by robotic systems.
But the healthy outlook does not stop there. The report predicts that connected cars will usher in a new era for the UK's automotive industry, and forecasts that the nation will be a global leader in the production of next-generation cars.
Autonomous cars will save 2,500 lives by preventing 25,000 car crashes over the next 15 years, if the report it to be believed.
Furthermore, the intelligent vehicles could contribute around £51bn in overall social and economic benefits by 2030. However, it is unlikely that the UK's automotive industry will be able to do this alone.
Mike Hawes, chief executive at the SMMT, concluded his introduction to the report by saying: "With continued and increased support from government, alongside collaboration with adjacent sectors, the UK can stay ahead in the race for the driverless cars of the future. We must not let this opportunity pass us by."
While the report painted a positive future for connected cars, it did highlight that driverless car challenges must be overcome before the UK's automotive industry Nirvana is realised.
Given that driverless cars rely on internet connectivity, cyber security was touted as needing attention, particularly as the government has approved driverless car tests on UK roads.
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