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Road trauma is already the ninth leading cause of death worldwide. AAP/Alan Porritt

Rethinking the causes of road trauma: society’s problems must share the blame

Wider societal issues are driving road user behaviour, which cannot be fixed by taking a traditional road safety approach.
The relationship between drivers and cyclists is highly unequal, both physically and culturally. Photographee.eu from www.shutterstock.com

Cars, bicycles and the fatal myth of equal reciprocity

The primacy given to the car has shaped our cities, the roads that serve them and our very thinking about the place of driving in our lives. And it's a mindset that leaves cyclists highly vulnerable.
A cyclist rides along the Hume Highway. New research confirms that drivers cause most collisions between cars and bicycles. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Cars overwhelmingly cause bike collisions, and the law should reflect that

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, we look at new research that confirms cars cause the majority of bike collisions. It's time to follow much of Europe and shift liability to drivers.
Australia is falling far behind other countries in improving car pollution. , CSIRO/Wikimedia commons

Australia has stalled on car efficiency

Australia's road emissions have plateaued – last year showed the smallest reduction on record.
Self-driving cars need to ‘see’ what’s going on around them. Intel/Mobileye

How to make a driverless car ‘see’ the road ahead

For a driverless car to be safer than one driven by a person it must know what's going on around it. But making a system that can "see" is a challenge for tech companies.

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