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New technology can be distracting for drivers. Engineers need to think more about the human experience when designing workplace and transportation technology. Shutterstock

Impaired on the job or behind the wheel? It’s not just a cannabis problem

The legalization of cannabis has started a discussion about on-the-job impairment. But drugs are not the only problem. Engineers should design workplaces that minimize the potential for human error.
A key factor is how well people and machines can avoid crashes. Tempe Police Department via AP

Are autonomous cars really safer than human drivers?

Comparing crash rates between humans and self-driving cars requires more data than anyone currently collects. And some of it will be quite hard to figure out.
Seatbelts have long been mandatory in cars, so why are there still school buses without them? Seatbelt image from www.shutterstock.com

A national disgrace: all school buses need seatbelts

The NSW School Bus Safety Community Advisory Committee made a major recommendation in its report released this week that seatbelts should be installed on all rural school buses that operate outside lower-speed…

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