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Exploring the Safe System Approach in a World of Automated Vehicles

Young, D., Beer, K.

Autonomous Vehicles

ARSC conference 2017

The Safe System Approach is built on the principles that death and serious injury are an unacceptable trade-off that humans make mistakes and that humans can only tolerate certain forces. There are five key elements: Safe Roads; Safe Speeds; Safe Vehicles; Safe People and Post-Crash Response. The introduction of automated vehicles is leading to a shift in the way the road safety challenge should be framed. This paper discusses, with real world application, the way in which the Safe System Approach should be adapted for an AV world.