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How will we react when cars start driving themselves? Patramansky Oleg/Shutterstock.com

Self-driving cars are coming – but are we ready?

How might we, and our nation's roads and highways, need to change as autonomous vehicles become more ubiquitous? We know a lot of the answers, but not all of them.
A self-driving bus completes a demonstration drive in Tokyo in July. Toru Hanai/Reuters

Smart cities: does this mean more transport disruptions?

New technologies do not exist in a vacuum. To succeed, new transport technology needs to match the ways we want to move around cities and be accommodated by laws and regulations.
Humans are still better than machines at driving in extreme weather conditions, for now. Flickr/Terence Lim

Driverless cars need to hit the road come rain, wind or shine

Driverless cars are the technology of the future, but unless they learn how to drive in rain and snow, they will be a technology that lets us down when we need it the most.
Tesla has already gone beyond demonstrating its self-driving car to having such a vehicle travel across the United States. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

‘Killer robots’ hit the road – and the law has yet to catch up

Unlike a driver, the way a self-driving car responds to emergencies is programmed –decided in advance. We need to sort out the legal questions of responsibility this raises, and soon.
Don’t do away with that human driver at the wheel. LoKan Sardari

Self-driving cars will need people, too

Experts in the field of human factors – how people interact with machines – warn that "self-driving" cars need to be more of a cooperative effort between human driver and tech than the hype would suggest.
We’ve all met the angry driver – but how should a driver-less car react to such behaviour? shalunts

What happens when a self-driving car meets a road rage driver?

Driverless cars could soon be cruising Australian roads if South Australia gives the go-ahead to reforms to its road legislation. The technology promises to increase safety on our roads, but what happens…
Nose-to-tail driving would be the norm if computers drove the cars. Danny Lawson/PA

Self-driving cars could be the answer to congested roads

If cars with drivers still suffer under gridlock conditions on roads, how will driverless cars fare any better? With greater computerisation and network awareness, driverless cars may be the answer to…
Is our car culture soon to come to an end? Jes/Flickr

Self-driving cars will not help the drinking driver

There is an unexpected revolution underway in road safety. True, the highly visible community-wide programs continue, but behind the scenes there are major changes underway in how safety will be managed…
With the progressive delegation of human decisions to machines we need to consider the impact on human autonomy. phloxii/shutterstock

Data mining the new black box of self-driving cars

Autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, are likely to be seen more widely on roads in 2015. Already, legislation authorising the use of autonomous vehicles has been introduced in the US states of Nevada…

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