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New DriveTech white paper explores issue of autonomous vehicles and driver safety

DriveTech has launched its latest white paper, looking at ‘Autonomous vehicles – will they be safer and where does this leave the “driver”?’

The paper is the latest in a series from the specialist provider of business driver and fleet risk management and driver training, and takes stock of the variously documented and reported moves towards the truly autonomous vehicle.

At the core of the debate is not necessarily just the technological challenge to create a vehicle that can move, navigate and communicate on its own, but the more all-embracing global and infrastructure requirements to make such an idea a reality on public highways across the world, whilst ensuring safety – a primary concern.

The paper touches on the key issues around safety, roads infrastructure, the ‘Safe System’ underpinning much of safe transport police going forward, regulatory and enforcement considerations and the needs for robust international standards and conventions, and a robust cyber security environment.

DriveTech’s white paper also looks at the role of the driver, suggesting that the fully autonomous vehicle world is a way off yet, and that drivers need to be brought on the journey of understanding as vehicle technology changes concluding that, for the foreseeable future, we leave the driver and driver education behind at our peril.

Colin Paterson, head of marketing, said: “As a professional risk management and driver training organisation, we look at various aspects of managing a fleet safely and cost effectively – driver training being a core component. We have looked at the cost of collisions and the impact driver training can have, and on how driver behaviour can affect fleet running costs including insurance and maintenance and repair. This autonomous vehicle whitepaper takes a broad look at a future paradigm shift in mobility that is the promise of autonomous vehicles. We hope it can help stimulate debate and ensure the driver and driver education is not forgotten, ensuring we continue to address real-time safety on our roads.”

To find out more about DriveTech’s new whitepaper – and access the full series, click here.

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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