Panel debate: Will vehicle automation really lead to zero accidents?
For decades, innovations and technology have led drivers to operate their trucks safer.
This is particularly relevant with the next wave of safety standards recently adopted at EU level. These features aim to support drivers and anticipate human errors as much as possible. Under this approach, human error will remain within technology gaps.
Automation will lead to a Copernicus revolution by shifting the liability from humans to machines. However, there is no consensus yet on whether the driver should keep any control on the trucks. The car industry is facing the same challenges. One can wonder whether we should keep a wheel in vehicles or give full control to the computer. There might be several approaches that will coexist. Besides, the deployment of fully automated vehicles will take decades leading to potential crashes between old and new fleet.
Can Vision Zero be achieved through automation? Should drivers keep some level of control in the future? What should be their role? How will automated trucks coexist with non-automated fleet in a safe way? Should we anticipate an increase in fatality rates initially? Will they succeed in tackling traffic congestion while preserving safety? How should companies prepare?
Panel members will include a vehicle manufacturer, a logistics operator, an insurance provider and an IRU representative. The audience will have the opportunity to vote on key questions and interact with the panel.