The Future of Road Safety


We are on the cusp of a technological revolution that will bring far greater road safety benefits than seatbelts and airbags combined. We envisage that annual road deaths will drop drastically as a result. There will still be road safety issues, but they will be very different from those that occupy news headlines today.

In the future autonomous vehicles will completely remove the driver from the road safety equation. Driving yourself will be completely banned from public roads, and safety efforts will move from focussing on the driver to who we choose to rideshare with.

That’s one possible vision of the future, and you may not agree with it. In fact, we want you to challenge these statements and ideas.

The visions and information on these futures pages are not presented as the views of industry or government policy. Rather, it is the Ministry of Transport’s intention for this work to stimulate wider debate and generate ideas on the possible future of New Zealand’s transport system.

Explore the content on this page to learn about some of the possibilities for the future of road safety, and have your say by using the polls and feedback forms to explore the transport future you would like to see. This information and your views will inform our future work.

Challenge our ideas and let us know your vision for the future of road safety.

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