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Autonomous vehicles – will they be safer and where does this leave the “driver”?

Colin Patterson

DriveTech is pleased to launch a new Whitepaper in their continuing series, this latest titled ‘Autonomous driving – will they be safer and where does this leave the “driver”?’.

This paper takes stock of the variously documented and reported moves towards the truly autonomous (driverless) vehicle.

At the core of the debate is not necessarily just the technological challenge to create a vehicle that can move, navigate and communicate on its own, but the more all-embracing global and infrastructure requirements to make such an idea a reality on public highways across the world, whilst ensuring safety – a primary concern.

The paper touches on the key issues around safety, roads infrastructure, the ‘Safe System’ underpinning much of safe transport police going forward, regulatory and enforcement considerations and the needs for robust international standards and conventions, and a robust cyber security environment.

DriveTech, a leader in business driver and fleet risk management and driver training, of course also looks at the role of the driver as this potentially brave new world emerges. It suggests that the fully autonomous vehicle world is a way off yet, and that drivers need to be brought on the journey of understanding as vehicle technology changes concluding that, for the foreseeable future, we leave the driver and driver education behind at our peril.

Commenting on the launch Colin Paterson, Head of Marketing said: “As a professional risk management and driver training organisation, we look at various aspects of managing a fleet safely and cost effectively – driver training being a core component. We have looked at the cost of collisions and the impact driver training can have, and on how driver behaviour can affect fleet running costs including insurance and maintenance and repair. This autonomous vehicle whitepaper takes a broad look at a future paradigm shift in mobility that is the promise of autonomous vehicles. We hope it can help stimulate debate and ensure the driver and driver education is not forgotten, ensuring we continue to address real-time safety on our roads.”

Find out more about DriveTech’s new whitepaper (and access to our series) here:


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