AVs are expected to be introduced in increasing numbers over the next decades. Moreover, they are expected to have considerable impacts on mobility, safety, the environment and society as a whole.
One of the impacts of AVs that is considered is road safety, which is high on the agenda when it comes to mobility planning and management.
One of the primary expectations regarding AVs is a substantial reduction in road accidents. The majority of road accidents occur due to human error, such as distracted driving, speeding, or drunk driving. AVs have the potential to eliminate these risks by eliminating the human factor from the equation. With their ability to perceive and analyze the surrounding environment more accurately and react faster than humans, AVs can minimize the likelihood of collisions and errors on the road.
The panel delves into the various impacts of fully autonomous vehicles on road safety, exploring the initiatives undertaken at the UNECE level, within the International Road Safety Observatory, and at a technical level.
George Yannis, Professor at National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
Lucas Bublitz, Team Lead Technology and Regulation P3 Group
Luciana Iorio, Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport & Chairperson UNECE WP.1