Self-driving cars will not help the drinking driver


There is an unexpected revolution underway in road safety. True, the highly visible community-wide programs continue, but behind the scenes there are major changes underway in how safety will be managed within road transport systems.

The self-driving car (or “autonomous vehicle”) has emerged with a practical suite of technologies for more efficient, safer, and eco-friendly road travel. This emergence has been rapid: for example, the Australian National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 did not canvas the possibility of such technologies.

The technology is already here

Self-driving cars are now approved for use on roads in several US states and may soon be onBritish roads. Self-driving cars are able to perform driving functions automatically. These vehicles use integrated systems of cameras, lidar, radar, and other sensors, as well as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications and GPS navigation. These systems monitor the road environment and respond to changing traffic situations, roadway and weather conditions, and navigate to a destination without intervention from the vehicle occupant.

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