Due to the shift to electric and autonomous vehicles, the car industry is cutting tens of thousands of jobs because of restructuring measures and the decreasing demand for vehicles . Building electric motors requires about 40% less labor, and Ford stated that it also required 50% less factory floor space . These developments create fear amongst automotive employees of losing their jobs. This resulted in a 40-day strike by GM’s U.S. hourly workers, because the company was planning to close 4 factories . Besides electric vehicles in general, the autonomous vehicle development causes a major disruption in the automotive industry. The future is about mobility as a service and the Chief commercial Officer at 2getthere argued that private car ownership will disappear as a result of sharing vehicles . This would decrease the demand for new cars.
If you want to read more about these disruptive developments, read the articles below. Dawson, C., Naughton K., Coppola, G. (September 2019). ‘They Don’t Need Us Anymore’: Auto Workers Fear Electric Unrest. Yahoo finance.  Rauwald C., Welch, D., Kotoky, A. (December 2019). Automakers are cutting 80,000 jobs globally as EV shift upends industry. Automotive News Europe.  Messe Berling GmbH. (September 2019). Shift 2019 – the Future of Mobility: Autonomous carswill disrupt an industry that’s so large, it could be the world’s 6th largest economy. IFA Consumer electronic unlimited.