Autonomous Transport Devices: Implications of Game-Changing Technologies in the Services Sector in Europe

This working paper on advanced robotics is one in a series of five presenting the findings of a study that examined the socioeconomic implications and applicability of game-changing technologies to the services sector in Europe. The first chapter presents the key objectives of the study, articulates the research approach adopted by the study team to meet the study objectives, and outlines the structure of the working paper. Chapter 2 provides an in-depth discussion about the development and adoption of autonomous transport devices across the services sector. It highlights the main trends that characterise the development of autonomous transport devices, as well as the associated driving forces and barriers. Some examples of specific applications in the services sector are also discussed. Chapter 3 presents a detailed analysis of the socioeconomic implications of autonomous transport devices on several key areas of the services sector, such as employment, skills and working conditions, and work organisation and productivity. Chapter 4 brings together the key findings of the study against the primary objectives and the main elements of the conceptual framework. Chapter 5 includes three ‘real-world’ case examples that demonstrate the applicability and implications of autonomous transport devices in the services sector in Europe. The annex contains additional details about the research approach, including the search strategy for literature reviews and the interview protocol, and discusses limitations of the analysis presented in this working paper.

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    • © European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), 2019.
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    European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

  • Authors:
    • Ioppolo, Rebecca
    • Deshpande, Advait
    • Hoorens, Stijn
    • Gunashekar, Salil
  • Publication Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 62p

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  • Accession Number: 01721269
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: WPEF19002
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 1 2019 9:55AM