AMC Position Statements

AMC Position Statement - Automated Vehicles

Vehicles with varying levels of automation are currently being introduced into Australia. The safety and other implications for motorcyclists are little understood.

Priority:- High

Where are we now

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are devices developed to automate vehicle systems for safety and a better driving experience. ADASs include Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Parking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Among the anticipated benefits of automated vehicles is the potential reduction in crashes caused by human driver errors such as delayed reaction time and distraction. This reduction in crashes will result in fewer fatalities and injuries.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems will form the basis of automated/autonomous vehicles.
Testing in the US of Blind Spot Monitoring systems found that they detected motorcycles later and closer than cars.i
Testing of Forward Collision Warning systems by Dynamic Research found that only 2 out of 8 systems successfully detected a stationary motorcycle and 5 out of 6 systems successfully detected a moving motorcycle.ii
Australia’s transport ministers have agreed to take a uniform legal approach across states and territories to vehicles equipped with automated driving systems. They have a 2020 target for implementing end-to-end regulation to deal with automated vehicles. It has been agreed that a system of mandatory self certification by the Automated Driving System Entity (ADSE) will be used to determine if a vehicle is safe to be introduced into Australia.

Where we want to be

There should be no reduction in motorcycle safety as a result of the introduction of automated vehicles.
 Systems need to be able to detect motorcycles just as well as other vehicles.
Test procedures for how well systems detect motorcycles need to be further developed so they are suitable for use in the mandatory self certification process.

How to get there

The AMC works with government, industry and relevant committees to raise awareness of issues affecting motorcyclists as the result of the introduction of automated/autonomous vehicles.

    ii Lenkeit, J. and Smith, T., Preliminary Study of the Response of Forward Collision Warning Systems to Motorcycles