‘Advancing Autonomy in Transport’, discusses the potential benefits of the transport modes working closely on matters relating to autonomy, such as improved safety, better network efficiency/capacity through enhanced integration and reduced variability in performance.
It explores the various challenges that can be tackled via cross-sector collaboration, such as deciding where responsibility for safety lies as levels of autonomy increase, operating mixed fleets of manned and unmanned vehicles and ensuring legislation keeps up with the rapidly evolving technology.
It also identifies the opportunities that inter-modal working can present in areas such as ethics and skills, and what the next steps could be, including key recommendations for government.
Anna Bonne, Transport Lead at the IET, said: “As vehicles get more complicated so do the systems that run them. New methods and standards for testing autonomous systems are being developed, but there will always be some human error. Accidents on rail, at sea and in the air are investigated and the faults are rectified. As road vehicles become autonomous, this method of accident investigation should be applied so that individual accidents caused by the same fault are identified.”