What does the future hold for autonomous vehicles in Australia?

Professor Brian Fildes

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
Monash University

Brian is one of the founding team members that assisted in establishing the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in 1987. He completed a PhD in research science and brings a strong background in engineering and the automotive industry to his research into vehicle design and driver behaviour. His special areas of interest are in occupant protection, vehicle safety and driver speeding and perception. Throughout his career, his research and expertise has been instrumental in informing and assisting government agencies in implement a number of injury prevention programs and evaluating real world crash performance data for the automotive industry.

There is much media discussion and speculation about the impact that new disruptive technologies in clean energy and autonomous vehicles may have on the future of private transportation. World-renowned visionary, educator and entrepreneur, Tony Seba from Stanford University,  predicts that by 2030 all vehicles will be electrically driven, will become autonomous (not human driven), and that vehicle ownership will shift to car sharing with considerable community benefits of reduced costs and improved safety. Even if only a few of these bold predictions eventuate, they are likely to have profound effects on reshaping the future of society’s transportation needs and services - up to a 20% reduction in the number of vehicles on our roads and almost zero crashes.  In his talk Brian will addresses the potential implications of these disruptive technologies and how they may lead to reductions in road trauma and a cleaner, more liveable society.

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