Date of Publication:

September 14, 2015

The development of self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), offers the potential to dramatically affect public health. Yet technological changes as potentially transformational as AVs can be accompanied by a plethora of unintended consequences.

Altarum Institute is initiating efforts to understand the ways in which the introduction of AVs are likely to affect public health. We also aim to raise awareness in the public health community about the importance of engaging in legislative, regulatory, and business decisions that will shape the future of AVs— decisions that are already being made.

What Are AVs?

The phrase “autonomous vehicles” encompasses a continuum of technologies, ranging from vehicles in which the driver can cede control of specific safety or driving functions to fully self-driving vehicles in which the only function of the “driver” is to provide destination information.

Potential Public Health Benefits of AV Technology

AVs might affect public health in a number of ways. Altarum aims to support those making decisions about the future of AVs to ensure the desired benefits are realized.
 

he development of self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), offers the potential to dramatically affect public health. Yet technological changes as potentially transformational as AVs can be accompanied by a plethora of unintended consequences.

Altarum Institute is initiating efforts to understand the ways in which the introduction of AVs are likely to affect public health. We also aim to raise awareness in the public health community about the importance of engaging in legislative, regulatory, and business decisions that will shape the future of AVs— decisions that are already being made.

What Are AVs?

The phrase “autonomous vehicles” encompasses a continuum of technologies, ranging from vehicles in which the driver can cede control of specific safety or driving functions to fully self-driving vehicles in which the only function of the “driver” is to provide destination information.

Potential Public Health Benefits of AV Technology

AVs might affect public health in a number of ways. Altarum aims to support those making decisions about the future of AVs to ensure the desired benefits are realized.

For more information, see our Factsheet.

- See more at: http://altarum.org/our-work/autonomous-vehicles-and-public-health#.dpuf

Project Leaders

Project Leader

Jim Lee

Jim Lee

Vice President and Director, Systems Research & Initiatives Group

Jim.Lee@altarum.org

Project Leader

Jud Richland Portrait

Jud Richland

Consultant

jud.richland@altarum.org

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