Focusing on Child Safety in Autonomous Vehicles
This is an exciting and important time for the road safety community. Exciting because the emergence of self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs) offer great potential to reduce injuries and save lives as well as enhance mobility for diverse groups in our society. Important because AVs are currently in development and being tested on public roads so now is the time to consider the unique needs of children, our most vulnerable passengers, when it comes to this emerging form of transportation.
Safety Community Leads the Way on Children in AVs
In 2018, Safe Kids Worldwide convened a Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) comprised of top-level child safety and transportation experts to study the issue of passenger safety for all children under age 13. In response to one of the BRP’s recommendations, in 2019, Safe Kids Worldwide convened a Consortium to provide guidance for those who are developing regulations, legislations, policies and best practices for children for years to come.
Blue Ribbon Panel on Children in Autonomous Vehicles
Consortium on Protecting Children in Autonomous Vehicles