Driver assist technology is often promoted as an infallible cure-all to our road safety issues, with claims that autonomous vehicles will reduce the occurrence of crashes by 90 to 95 percent. Drivers won’t be needed.
However, these optimistic forecasts are misleading, based on the false ideas that almost all road safety problems are caused by driver error and that new technology is infallible. With increased reports of accidents and fatalities involving autonomous vehicles, early indications are that this technology will not contribute to improved road safety.
Join safety expert Professor Ann Williamson for a serious look at this technology, and how our approach to the move towards autonomous vehicles needs to change if we are to maximise their benefits.