Autonomous cars need to learn how to drive just like people do: with real-world practice on public roads. It's key to safety, and to public confidence in the new technologies.
A survey found very few people are aware of the social and health benefits from the wide scale use of autonomous vehicles. But their attitudes change with a little extra information.
Most road fatalities involving heavy vehicles are caused by the other party, not the truck driver. We need to educate road users on how to be safer around trucks.
Collisions at intersections between motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians cause many deaths and injuries. Design that considers how each group approaches intersections improves everyone's safety.
For a full picture of any given situation, we must be able to read it, understand it and anticipate what could happen next.
Do people really trust driverless cars to carry them safely to their destinations? New research shows that we are ready to use driverless cars in certain situations but not others, yet.
Humans and machines perceive the world differently and respond in different ways to what they perceive. This lays the groundwork for conflict – and crashes.
In the wake of a self-driving Uber car killing a pedestrian in Arizona, an ethicist examines the state of autonomous vehicle development.
Cycling is a low-cost and non-polluting way to make deliveries in congested cities. Slow cyclists should be recognised as good for the economy and environment, not treated like second-class citizens.
There's a common, popular and well-studied method to ensure new technologies are safe and effective for public use – even if researchers don't fully understand how they work.
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.
Analysis shows that productivity-based payments are associated with recognised unsafe work practices including longer hours of driving and fewer rest breaks.
A rethink in the approach to road freight transport safety is urgently required to reduce fatalities and injuries.
Human-operated cars affect health in three main ways, all negatively. How might driverless cars be healthier?
Road safety campaigns targeting mobile phone use among drivers should emphasise how perceived social pressure is not an acceptable excuse for engaging in the behaviour.
With frigid temperatures and snow in the forecast, slippery roads can't be far behind. Salt keeps roads safe, but it's harmful to aquatic environments.
Conventional approaches to assessing the impact of cameras on collisions may be overoptimistic.
Beware unicycling clowns ...
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Darren Chester says there is too much hyper-partisanship in Australian politics.
Consumers with high hopes of driverless vehicles improving safety might be looking past the boring near-term advances that could make a real difference. It happened before – more than 60 years ago.