As autonomous vehicles (AVs) merge into our nation’s traffic, the most pressing safety challenge for states will be preparing human drivers. GHSA's first Spotlight on Highway Safety covering AVs, Autonomous Vehicles Meet Human Drivers: Traffic Safety Issues for States, examines the implications of new vehicle technologies for highway safety agencies and advocates.
The report emphasizes the importance of driver behavior during the transition period between traditional and autonomous vehicles, noting the challenges states may face in preparing human drivers. Recommendations for states include: avoid passing legislation until model laws have been developed, implement public education campaigns on interacting and operating AV technology safely, and collaborate with law enforcement on planning efforts.
Dr. Jim Hedlund researched and authored the Spotlight, and will be discussing its key findings during a webinar on Wednesday, February 8th at 2pm EST.
- Download Autonomous Vehicles Meet Human Drivers: Traffic Safety Issues for States
- View Recorded Webinar
- Webinar Slides
- News Release: "Driver Behavior Paramount as Autonomous Vehicles Introduced" (February 2, 2017)
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