Lyft executive suggests drivers become mechanics after they’re replaced by self-driving robo-taxis (LYFT)

Graham Rapier / Business Insider

  • Lyft‘s chief operating officer, Jon McNeill, has blunt advice for drivers worried about being replaced by autonomous robo-taxis: become a mechanic.
  • The ride-hailing company expects it will need more drivers in the next decade than it does currently, but it’s still looking to the self-driving future.
  • McNeill compared the impending revolution to the digitization of telephone switchboards in the 1970s.
  • Last week, drivers around the world protested Uber and Lyft’s stock market debuts amid what they see as falling pay and an “orgy of greed.”

Lyft‘s head of operations has an interesting new metaphor for the ride-hailing drivers that power the company’s service.

Speaking at the Smart Cities conference in New York on Tuesday, chief operating officer Jon McNeill compared drivers today, facing an impending revolution from autonomous technology, to the telephone switchboard workers of decades past.

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