Autonomous vehicles and mental health

Part of the rear of an electric powered car Previous posts have featured autonomous vehicles, and now mental health enters the discussion and research. According to the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, the mobility revolution is almost upon us. In just three years it is expected that fully autonomous vehicles will be on the market. So we have to start thinking about the impacts now – the NRMA thinks so too.

David Rojas-Rueda writes that autonomous vehicles offer an excellent opportunity to reshape our cities, but we need to understand how such changes can both help and perhaps hinder the mental wellbeing of the population. For example will driverless cars encourage more alcohol consumption if you no longer have worry about a breath test? Will workers be expected to use their hands-free travel time to do more work? What about physical activity? For more on this discussion read the article, Autonomous vehicles and mental health.

As a driver/road user organisation, the NRMA is embracing this change and working with it. They are updating their publications regularly. The latest one, The Future of Car Ownership gives an in-depth view and is good reading for anyone interested in cars, driving, travelling and mobility – mobility being the new word for transport. There is also an infographic if you just want the key points.

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