Eddie Battle who attends NUIG and is conducting a survey on Autonomus Vehicles here in Ireland,this is the first time that Irish people are being asked for their opinion on autonomous vehicles. This survey forms part of his project at NUIG. Eddie currently works in the Tech industry, and attends NUIG on a part time basis.He is also passionate about technology, innovation and flashy cars.
Similar surveys have been completed by the University of Michigan and respondants from the US, UK and Australia.
What is an autonomous vehicle?
An autonomous or driverless vehicle, is a vehicle that navigates its environment via the use of sensors, lasers and cameras. There are five levels of automation. Currently most cars are at Level 1, these cars have features such as cruise control and parking sensors. Cars at automation Level 5, are also known as fully autonomous vehicles, which can drive independently, without the physical intervention of a human driver.
The questionaire covers the expected benefits and concerns of the technology, which is primarily
focused on road safefty. Road Traffic regualtion has changed in a number of countries in Europe and the US, so Id also like to find out if people would like to be involved in the process of regulation change. Its not expected that citizens will have an input, but results from this survey may be useful to policy makers, technology stakeholders. It also might interest those out there that have a passion for cars, technology and the future of road safety. The survey is anaonymous, and all participation would be very much appreciated.