Roads that cars can read: tacking the transition to automated vehicles

The greatest crash risk for conventional vehicles on inter-urban roads involves run-off, head-on, intersection and shunt crashes. However this is likely to change with the introduction of AVs as lane-keeping technology, enhanced road positioning, speed management, vehicle to vehicle connectivity and autonomous emergency braking comes into play. Countermeasures for crashes involving conventional vehicles, but also benefiting other road-users, may become more difficult to justify economically unless they also benefit AVs (e.g. street lighting or anti-skid surfacing) and as particular crash types become less frequent (e.g. collisions with roadside hazards and head-on collisions). Maintenance of infrastructure will be a key factor in the AV transition phase and become a higher-priority obligation for road authorities. It is likely that driver liability will decrease, while road authority and manufacturer liability will increase.


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  • Accession Number: 01676128
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2018 10:33AM