Self-Driving Vehicles

Opinion: It’s time to get serious about self-driving cars

Opinion: It’s time to get serious about self-driving cars

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director A shorter version of this article was published as a letter in the Financial Times on 24 August 2016. The recent death of a man driving a Tesla electric car in ‘Autopilot’ mode raises many questions for policymakers, vehicle manufacturers and the public at large. Regarding the specific crash in question, an official investigation is underway and expected to report within 12 months.  But several facts have already been made public. Firstly, the car was travelling above the speed limit. […]

Prioritising the Safety Potential of Automated Driving in Europe

Prioritising the Safety Potential of Automated Driving in Europe

Automated driving technologies are already preventing collisions and deaths on our roads. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is now mandatory on all new cars sold in Europe. Automated Emergency Braking (AEB), Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and lane-keeping systems are increasingly commonplace. All these systems use technology to compensate, to some extent, for human error, taking some control away from the driver under certain circumstances. But we now stand on the verge of something much bigger. Fully autonomous vehicles may, in the near future, transform our […]

Self-driving car zero death claim ‘not realistic’

Self-driving car zero death claim ‘not realistic’

A new report by the University of Michigan warns that self-driving cars will not be a panacea for road deaths, and could even worsen road safety for other drivers during the long transition period. ETSC says policymakers should focus on driver assistance technologies that could save lives today, rather than just looking at technology which is still years away from mass deployment. Technology companies are rushing to invest in autonomous vehicle projects with Apple, Sony and Uber all reportedly establishing significant research efforts in […]

UK trial for self-driving vehicles

UK trial for self-driving vehicles

Self-driving vehicles will be soon start appearing on British roads with the UK government set to approve limited trials. The UK government announced plans in July for new measures that give the green light for driverless cars to take to the roads from January 2015. British cities can bid for a share of a £10 million competition to host a driverless cars trial. The government is calling on cities to join together with businesses and research organisations to put forward proposals to become a test […]

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