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Driverless cars: The future of travel or trouble in the making? Part 1

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

It's undeniable now: autonomous motor vehicles, also called driverless cars, are on the way and likely here to stay - at least for the foreseeable future. However, humans have been the pilots of our vehicles since their invention. Our old wooden carts were horse or ox-drawn, and our modern day sports cars and four-wheel drives still require our touch.

So the very fact that it's now possible to have a vehicle on the road piloted entirely by a machine poses a number of very difficult questions. Is this safe? Do we even need driverless cars? How will our laws need to change in order to accommodate these developments?

In this two-part series, we will investigate these questions and more, giving you the information you need to formulate an educated opinion on this important subject.

Read more: Driverless cars: The future of travel or trouble in the making? Part 1


The ongoing battle against mobile devices and driver distraction

Friday, 30 October 2015

As part of the ongoing mission to reduce driver distraction and make New South Wales' streets a safer place for all road users, Transport for NSW has launched a new campaign to focus attention on the dangers of mobile phone use behind the wheel.

Earlier this month Minister for Roads Duncan Gay announced the new 'Don't Drive Blind, Get Your Hand Off It' ad campaign in an October 12 media release.

"The key message we're spreading is that if you look away from the road to read or touch your phone, even for two seconds, you're driving blind," said Mr Gay.

Read more: The ongoing battle against mobile devices and driver distraction


NSW on track to meet NRSS road safety targets

Thursday, 01 October 2015

Road fatalities are a tragic occurrence for those involved, affecting drivers, passengers and their loved ones. As such, there are a number of strategies in place that aim to reduce the road toll across Australia, such as the independent ANCAP ratings to inform consumers on vehicle safety.

The Australian Government's National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) is another such effort. Inaugurated in 2011, it aims to see a decrease of at least 30 per cent in national road fatalities by 2020.

Now the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is weighing in with a state-by-state progress report on the NRSS, to see whether the country as a whole is on track to achieve its goals within the timeframe of the decade-long strategy.

Read more: NSW on track to meet NRSS road safety targets


Do drivers undersatnd new vehicle safety features?

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Cars are a lot more capable than they were even a decade ago. This isn't just referring to speed, handling and other elements of the driving experience, either. In recent years, the focus of car manufacturers around the world has been to develop a suite of safety features to better protect drivers and passengers.

Vehicle safety technology has moved past simply acting post-collision, as is the case with passive features such as airbags. Now, cars are coming equipped with sensory equipment that can detect oncoming hazards and act to prevent injury either independently or through assisting the driver.

Read more: Do drivers undersatnd new vehicle safety features?


bstreetsmart targets younger drivers

Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Young drivers across New South Wales are to be the focus of 'bstreetsmart', a new on-road safety campaign.

Sydney's Allphones Arena welcomed more than 22,000 NSW students hailing from 183 different schools from August 24-27 for an immersive, educational demonstration highlighting the importance of safe driving.

Read more: bstreetsmart targets younger drivers


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