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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.
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 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.
An NVIDIA-powered Audi needs no driver. AP Photo/John Locher

It’s pedal to the metal for driverless cars

Together, three recent events mark a crucial turning point in the development of autonomous cars: They are both safer and more advanced than ever before.
A Miami police officer looks at a driver’s license he requested from a motorist at a DUI checkpoint. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

We have a reliable and easy-to-use test to measure blood alcohol concentration. But right now we don't have a fast, reliable test to gauge whether someone is too doped up to drive.
Will the reality match the hype that’s promised from a future with driverless cars? Shutterstock/Karsten Neglia

A future world full of driverless cars… seriously?!

Driverless cars are the future, right? Wait. While things would be simple if our roads were 100% driverless, getting there is anything but. And planning for roads shared by robots and humans is hard.
As problems occur, rapid design adjustment will advance autonomous cars’ abilities. Image of car with sensors via shutterstock.com

After fatality, autonomous car development may speed up

Sometimes a user's death causes technology development to slow down – but other times, progress speeds up to address the newly uncovered problems.

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