UBER AND TOYOTA ENTER HUGE PARTNERSHIP TO DISRUPT THE AUTOMOTIVE AND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY.
Apparently the future we thought was years ahead is here now. All those futuristic features we saw in cartoons and movies have become our present hour reality and those who can’t evolve or adapt to the times will be rendered irrelevant. Some days ago, a friend of mine walked up to me telling me that he wanted to learn some form of handiwork and I told him that was a remarkable thought but he said something that caught my attention, he said he didn’t want to learn something that in a few years to come technology will take over and his expertise will now be irrelevant.
Now that brings us to this, Uber and Toyota have entered a partnership to adopt the company’s driverless cars into its system. This venture would see Toyota –the largest car manufacturing company in the world –invest $500 million dollars into Uber, and this would increase Uber’s value to about $72 billion dollars. This is sincerely astonishing, I remember watching the 1993 blockbuster, Demolition Man which starred Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes and thought to myself, I want one of those driverless cars.
But what does this innovation mean to the African economy?
First it will reduce the number of people who work as drivers in Africa. Therefore it will increase unemployment; however it will increase employment for those who are technically savvy as it would require some level of technical support. Although it still beckons the question, can I trust some algorithm and a few technical mumbo jumbos to get me to my destination safely? Plus, do you think such initiative would succeed in Africa? Uber and Toyota have both recorded tremendous success in this part of the world and this initiative if successful would change the automotive and transport system as we know it.
So, drivers wanted or not? I’ll leave the answer to this question to you.