There are many crash avoidance and driver assist systems now available in popular cars. They work by allowing the vehicle to provide feedback to the driver which may follow with the vehicle temporarily taking over one task to correct a driver error. Examples include lane departure warning systems, electronic stability control and pedestrian auto emergency braking.
Human error is said to cause around 90% of all crashes and its automated vehicle technology which could help to reduce this rate.
Improved road safety could lead to a significant reduction in the $5 million cost of road trauma in Western Australia per day.
The biggest challenge for driverless vehicles will be when they have to interact with drivers on the road.