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Children in Autonomous Vehicles – Revolutionary or Risky?

For years the idea of autonomous vehicles has captured the human imagination. As technology advances at an increasing speed, it will only be a matter of time before these vehicles are on our roads. Current research estimates that by 2025 there will be approximately 8 million autonomous or semi-autonomous cars around the world, many of which will travel on Australian roads.

Full Automation Vehicles (Level 5) will be programmed to drive themselves and will not require any steering, accelerating, and/or braking from the vehicle occupant(s). These vehicles have the potential to completely revolutionise private transportation, especially for those who cannot legally or safely drive themselves due of age or disability. As this technology becomes increasingly available, what are the perceived benefits and risks of Autonomous Vehicles amongst our most vulnerable road users?

The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is conducting an online survey that aims to understand parents’ attitudes towards using an automated vehicle to enhance their children’s mobility. The online survey will take about 20-25 minutes to complete.* All participants who complete the online survey can enter a draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers!

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*Please note only eligible participants can complete the survey. Participants must be aged 18 years or older, be an active driver (i.e., drive at least once per week) and have at least one child (aged 17 years or younger) who lives with them.