Widespread use of fully automated vehicles is still several decades away: Road to Zero Coalition

Road to Zero Coalition has released a comprehensive report laying out strategies for ending roadway deaths in the United States by 2050. The Coalition, in a report written by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution, identified three main initiatives to reduce roadway fatalities:

  • Double down on what works through proven, evidence-based strategies;
  • Advance life-saving technology in vehicles and infrastructure; and
  • Prioritize safety by adopting a safe systems approach and creating a positive safety culture.

In the short term, the report stresses enforcing and strengthening current traffic safety laws, providing new resources for traffic safety researchers and practitioners, and supporting those who design and build roads and vehicles.

Widespread use of fully automated vehicles is still several decades away. While technology is being rapidly developed, it will take many years for cars with new technology to replace conventional vehicles, says the report.

In the report, the Coalition proposes accelerating the benefits of new technologies by creating partnerships between public safety and health groups and industry professionals that could identify incentives for faster adoption and focus on applications with the greatest safety benefit.  

The report also encourages the United States to prioritize safety by fostering a safety culture and adopting a safe systems approach. The Road to Zero Steering Group has been integral to the creation of this report. This group includes the National Safety Council, AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators etc.


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