Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF)
Company Info: The AGF is a national organisation, driven by a core mission to reduce the incidence of serious injury and death of bike riders in Australia. Formed in 2005, the Foundation has evolved to become the leading bike rider safety organisation in Australia, driven by a core mission to reduce the death and injury of bike riders. The AGF works with all levels of government, road authorities, corporate, motoring, cycling and community safety organisations and the public to create a safer bike riding environment in Australia.
For more information: https://www.amygillett.org.au
PROJECT 1: How can cyclists and heavy vehicle drivers share the road safely? (CLOSED)
Heavy vehicles (including trucks and buses) are over-represented in cyclist crashes and behavioural interventions can assist in reducing these collisions. This PhD will examine the benefits of professional driver educational programs to raise the awareness of cyclists and cyclist safety among heavy vehicle operators. It will evaluate the effectiveness of education courses on improving driver skills and behaviour and provide recommendations on how programs can be improved.
PROJECT 2: The regulatory and legislative challenges of cyclist safety associate with automated vehicles (CLOSED)
Vehicle technologies and automation offer potential methods to reduce cyclist exposure to collisions. However cyclists pose a complex detection problem for many existing detection based technologies due to the fact that bikes are small, agile, heterogeneous vehicles, which exhibit far greater variability than motor vehicles. Further, in the lead up to the introduction of new technologies and autonomous vehicles, there are a number of unanswered questions as to how governments, users, and society in general will address the regulatory, ethical and legislative challenges of the introduction of these new vehicles. This PhD will examine how new technologies can work, particularly regarding design and regulatory issues and legal responsibilities of drivers and riders including consequences on legal outcomes and ongoing behavioural outcomes.