Would you travel in an automated vehicle?

Would you travel in an automated vehicle?


Would you travel in an automated vehicle?
Before long, it’s going to be part of our everyday lives.
Making Australian roads safer, improving our transport efficiency and increasing mobility
in our communities. However, we discovered a few legal roadblocks we need to remove to make this happen – over 700 in fact. So we got started, working in partnership with industry, the community and all levels
of government, as well as our international counterparts to ensure Australia’s regulatory system aligns with international best practice. In 2017 we developed trial guidelines so manufacturers and technology companies can test their vehicles in Australia. We also got started on a safety assurance system to ensure automated vehicles are safe as they come to market. And we established control guidelines to clarify and provide certainty around the current responsibilities of a driver.
In 2018, we’re reviewing our driving laws to accommodate non-human drivers and also
examining how our motor vehicle injury insurance schemes apply to occupants of an automated
vehicle, or those involved in a crash with one.
We’re also investigating how the government, will access and use the data generated by
these vehicles. By 2020, we aim to have an end-to-end system
of regulation for automated vehicles in Australia to support the commercial roll-out of automated
vehicles in Australia so everyone can enjoy the ride.

7 thoughts on “Would you travel in an automated vehicle?”

  • I ride in driverless automated vehicles every day without any concern. I even share rides with others. They are called elevators.

  • John Lambert says:

    No I would NOT travel in an automated vehicle! The claims about safety are totally misleading! They refer to data derived from fatal crashes (often investigated in detail) and crashes reported to Police/enforcement officers where it is found human "behaviour" is a factor in 90% or more of these to support AV's will improve safety dramatically because AV's do not have these "behavioural" failings. If you allocate 1 km of travel to every vehicle in these crashes – that is assume it's the behaviour in this 1 km of travel that causes the crash – 653 853 crashes involving 1 160 794 vehicles gives 1160794 km in 2006 out of 215,171 million kilometres in total in the same year or 0.0005% of total travel. So the 90% or more relates to 0.0005% of travel. Which then raises the questions about AV system related crash risk over the 99.9995% balance of travel where arguably human behaviour prevents crashes. There have been 4 or 5 deaths to date related to AV vehicle operation and I would argue that a responsible driver would either definitely NOT had a crash (two cases) or have been likely to have avoided a crash or reduced the impact speed in the crash in the other case(s). In summary safety history to date is poor for AV's – as I've predicted from the start based on l;ooking at all the components of AV systems

  • Hi This was the topic of my UniSA Honours Degree in innovation.
    There is the potential to save thousands of lives with this technology, unfortunately it will not be perfect from day 1.
    Some people will be injured, some may die and it will make world headlines.
    Unfortunately if the same person was struck and killed by a manual car it wouldn't rate a byline in the media.
    The first mobile phones were big clunky and expensive, no doubt the first Autonomous vehicles will be clunky and expensive.
    Like the example with the elevator or the self serve petrol pump it will be come accepted technology within a generation.

  • The day software engineers and robot mechanics have the ability to install into an automated car the same depth of knowledge and experience behind the wheel as me, a professional driver with over 35 years and 2.7 million kilometres driving trucks, buses, cars and motorcycles, then I'll believe in them. No one minute on the road is the same as any before it, so I don't believe a computer nerd that spends their entire day at a keyboard could teach a robot how to deal with such a variety of possibilities, especially when four in ten human motorists have absolutely no formal training in vehicle operations whatsoever.

  • David Seamans says:

    It took me 1min 42 seconds to watch this video plus 3 minutes to read the comments. In total five minutes. In that time 11 people died from traffic accidents plus the injuries, cost of medical facilities, cost of traffic police, road maintenance, effect of concrete on climate change, etc. etc. Autonomous vehicles cannot come fast enough.

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