Research and Publications

New Conversation article on driverless cars by UQ|UP team

Why driverless vehicles should not be given unchecked access to our citie?

Autonomous, or driverless, vehicles can support and promote active travel, such as walking and cycling, when two basic conditions are met:

  1. their access to cities is restricted
  2. their use is pooled.

In the absence of these two conditions, autonomous vehicles could lead to a decline in active travel in cities and an increase in economic, social and environmental costs. Potential costs are rarely mentioned in the rhetoric about autonomous vehicles, much of which is highly optimistic.


Dominic Stead
Anthony Kimpton
Dorina Pojani
Iderlina Mateo-Babiano
Jonathan Corcoran
Neil Sipe