Advanced driver-assist systems can lull drivers into taking their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road when they shouldn’t.
Tesla crashes and the investigations that follow generate a lot of headlines, but the dangers of automotive automation are industrywide. The common denominator is the human behind the wheel.
Australia appears to have cracked the case on teen driver safety by restricting late-night passengers.
Driving conditions that don’t require frequent use of vehicle controls, but do require constant vigilance for hazards, can reduce driver alertness.
Humans are poor at remaining vigilant over time. That’s bad news for the safety of partially automated cars, which sometimes need the person behind the wheel to quickly take over control.
A cyclist rides along the Hume Highway. New research confirms that drivers cause most collisions between cars and bicycles.
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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.
Road fatalities could increase if young people start driving solo at 17.
New research reveals there is no evidence to suggest a higher driver licensing age in Victoria has caused higher unemployment rates for 17-year-olds.
Most road-safety initiatives prioritise a rapid clearing of the road so cars can pass.
In contrast to increases in vehicle safety over the decades, we have seen little new technology to ensure the safety of pedestrians – and current innovations are still based on a car-centric approach.
Don’t believe the stereotype - not all elderly drivers are bad drivers.
Society often assumes older drivers are bad drivers but that is not necessarily true.
Self-driving cars are way more energy efficient than your average vehicle – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll reduce carbon emissions.
Young drivers are at high risk of fatal crashes, but it’s wrong to just blame the problem on youth ‘recklessness’.
It is widely believed that youth recklessness is often the cause of young driver crashes, but is this simply a myth?
The makers of GPS devices are among the many factors and actors whose role in road safety has not been fully considered.
The focus is on reducing the “fatal five” behaviours that cause road trauma: speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and driving while distracted.
Weapons and flames: this ‘dream car’ design by teenagers doesn’t include any safety features.
Teenagers are more interested in gadgets and flashy desig in their first car than they are about safety features. So how do we make them think safety is important?
We’ve all met the angry driver – but how should a driver-less car react to such behaviour?
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…
All over the developed world young people are turning their back on the car. Why is it happening in Australia?
Australians have long had a love affair with the car. Car ownership and use has increased every decade since its introduction to Australia. The car has fundamentally shaped the urban form of Australian…
Most drivers recognise the need to observe a lower speed in school zones, so why do many still break the limit?
Blaming motorists for their speeding may at times be undeserved. We have recently shown that, rather than intentional wrong-doing by drivers, cognitive factors can explain speeding behaviour. Policies…