It is hypothesized that a world in which driverless cars rule the roads, we will see a significant reduction in on road fatalities. This along with the expected relief of major city congestion and a reduction of the number of cars on road make a driverless car future one to strive for.

Between today and that future we will all need to prepare ourselves for the implications.

  • How will we as a society deal with loss of life based on how a software algorithm is written rather than human driver error, especially with the promise of massive reductions in road fatalities?
  • How will we weigh the benefits on society against the inevitable job losses in the transportation industry (taxi, uber, truck drivers, etc)?
  • What actions can individuals, industries & government take to ensure a smooth transition for these workers to new opportunities afforded by similar technological innovations?
  • Planned research
  • Project duration: 6-12 Months
  • Commencement: Mid 2018

We’ve received a first round of EOI’s from research partners but are still taking expressions of interest from industry partners interested in contributing to this very topical piece of work. Please contact us to get involved.

Think about it

Ripple effects will be felt across several industries beyond Transportation such as Health and Social Services but arguably one of the most significant will be across the Insurance industry.

Consider the following scenario:

Consider the following scenario:
It’s Monday morning, and my driverless car has dropped me off at 19 Martin Place in the centre of Sydney.
It’s logged into my DDN (Driverless Delivery Network) account and activated for courier & post services - individual packages up to 25kg only.
The DDN directs a new booking to my car: Pickup a small (under 5kgs) package from a retail clothing store on George St and deliver to Jane Smyth in Paddington.
The retail clerk is alerted to my car’s arrival front of shop, and uses a smart phone to transmit an unlock code to my car boot and clear the car to proceed.
The DDN sends an alert to my phone that my car has hit a vehicle on Oxford St. My car camera has captured video and license plate and transmitted them to the insurer.
Ms Smyth retrieves her package from the boot using a unique code sent to her phone. The car re-enters the network after booking itself in for bingle repairs. Restart
  • Across the 4 parties involves in this process, who is liable for the damages caused in the car prang during the delivery?
  • Who owns the data my car captured on its video feed and who's paid to capture & store it?
  • What legal & privacy implications will need to be understood and addressed with changes to Australian regulations?
The total market for Autonomous Vehicles is expected to reach US $40 Billion over the next 5 years.
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