Cyclists taking advantage of driverless cars is a worry, says transport consultant
November 6 2016
In the not too distant future, when driverless cars roam our country’s roads, will cyclists be the scourge of a potential transport utopia? That is a question being asked by the associate director of transport consultancy Phil Jones Associates.
Adrian Lord, of Phil Jones Associates, fears that once technology that prevents pedestrians and cyclists from being hit by vehicles makes it to our roads, it opens the door for vulnerable road users to take advantage of the impossibility of being injured.
He said: “Once people realise that an autonomous vehicle will stop [automatically], will pedestrians and cyclists deliberately take advantage and step out or cycle in front of them?
“If that’s the case, how long would such a vehicle take to drive down Oxford Street or any other busy urban high street?”
Meanwhile professor of transport engineering at the University of the West of England, John Parkin, told the Financial Timesthat much of the infrastructure that’s being implemented to keep bikes and cars apart in inner-city environments, will be made redundant by autonomous technology reaching maturity.
“When fewer cars are driven by humans, in cities at least,” the professor said. “There would be less need to segregate cyclists from traffic. This would allow roads to be designed as more open, shared spaces.”