Stakeholder views on the social issues relating to the introduction of autonomous vehicles

Transport systems are increasingly featuring vehicles with autonomous capabilities. In preparation for full vehicle autonomy, governments around the world need to anticipate and prepare for a wide range of technical, social, and regulatory issues. To guide planning processes, the Australian Government commissioned an inquiry into various issues associated with the advent of driverless vehicles. The aims of the present study were to (1) document the prevalence of mentions of the major issues raised in the submissions to the Inquiry and (2) compare the types of issues raised by different categories of submitters. The written submissions and the transcriptions of the verbal submissions (n = 50) were coded to identify the nature and extent of the issues raised. Overall there was strong convergence in issues identified by submitters across the four stakeholder categories of government, research, private, and advocacy representatives. There were more perceived advantages of autonomous vehicles than disadvantages, and there was strong recognition of the potential for this new technology to save lives and provide enhanced mobility for the elderly and disabled. The results highlight areas needing greater attention to ensure the substantial potential of autonomous vehicles to benefit society is fully realized.


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  • Accession Number: 01712796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 21 2019 3:10PM