The Big Debate: Will ‘driverless cars’ be good or bad for road safety?
Images and soundbites from 'Public health, sustainability and road safety' - the fourth session of the 2017 National Road Safety Conference.
Taking part are:
- Christian Wolmar, writer and broadcaster (pictured above)
Christian Wolmar is an award winning writer and broadcaster specialising in transport and is the author of a series of books on railway history, including his latest latest, ‘Are Trams Socialist? why Britain has never had a transport policy’.
He has spent nearly all of his working life as a journalist, and his interest in transport began at The Independent when he was appointed transport correspondent in 1992.
- Dan Phillips, GATEway project manager, Royal College of Art
Dan Phillips is a designer and engineer with thirty years’ experience in the development of innovative environments, products and services.
He studied at Imperial College and Cambridge University and is currently managing research at the Royal College of Art, developing a health service with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and a freelance design consultant.
The big debate - what impact will driverless cars have on road safety?
Aircraft don’t need people to fly - driverless cars are the future
Christian - planes (and trains) don’t have to contend with a million things going on around it.
Dan - driving an aeroplane is not a simple thing - it will be the same sort of technology as will feature in driverless cars. Everybody recognises there are huge challenges, but we have to consider the outcomes. The impact of our road system in cities is failing time and time again.
Christian - the technology is not feasible, it won’t work if somebody stands in front of it.
Dan - absolutely, we have to make sure our transport system works in an urban environment.
Christian - but driverless cars are stupid!
Dan - but people also do stupid things
A significant majority have a positive attitude to driverless vehicles - they would be cleaner and greener - and safer
94% of crashes involve human choice or error
Fatality rates in manufacturing are falling as automation increases
Airline crashes have reduced as a result of automation
Tesla’s crash rate dropped by 40% after introducing anti-crash software
Almost all road deaths are down to driver error
Driverless vehicles won’t get drunk, angry, be distracted etc
What will this driverless future look like - look at what people do on public transport and as passengers in cars
Christian Wolmar - opening speech
Driverless cars are a future that will never happen
All cars will have to be driverless (to deliver safety benefits)
Driverless cars will create road rage
Pedestrians won’t let driverless cars through
The transition period to driverless cars will be endless
Driverless cars will be programmed not to kill people - they will have to stop - ‘bad people’ will go out of their way to stop them
There are insuperable barriers to the idea
Lots of people like driving
Forcing us into driverless pods is a political decision
Be careful what you wish for
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