ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
Safe Kids Worldwide convened a Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) of nationally recognized child safety advocates and transportation experts in 2018 to discuss the unique safety considerations of children in automated vehicles. The BRP Children in Automated Vehicles recommendations report (October 2018) serves as a call to action for automated vehicle developers to evaluate and ensure their products are created with the protection of child passengers in mind. In the 2018 press release, the BRP specifically asked the automated vehicle industry to:
- Support child-focused regulations,
- Test automated vehicles in ways that consider child passengers,
- Design vehicles that are family-friendly,
- Conduct research on the appropriate level of supervision in automated vehicles, and
- Ensure all marketing and advertising shows children riding in automated vehicles according to best practices.
The BRP also recommended convening a multi-year consortium to monitor research and progress, and to generate ongoing policy statements and advocacy guidance that reflect an evolving field. To continue the work of the BRP, the Children in Automated Vehicles Consortium was subsequently formed to monitor developments in the AV field and implement the BRP recommendations. The Consortium, a network of subject matter advocates and specialists, was organized into two broad working groups:
- Policy/Legislation and Enforcement Working Group
- Public Information and Education Working Group
This toolkit is a product of this Consortium’s work from June 2019 - March 2021.
For more information about the Consortium
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Safe Kids Worldwide would like to thank the following Consortium members for their time and dedication to exploring these issues and helping to develop this toolkit.
Kristy Brinker Brouwer, Kettering University
Jessica Butterfield, Child Safety Advocate
Katie Carpenter, Safe Kids Oklahoma
Joseph Colella, Child Passenger Safety Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
Denise Donaldson, Safe Ride News Publications
Maria Glorioso, Glorioso Law Firm
Carma Hanson, Altru Health System | Safe Kids Grand Forks
Carrisa Johns, Orange County Sheriff’s Department | Safe Kids Orange County
Deepika Kandasamy, John Snow, Inc.
Sjaan Koppel, Monash University
Jennifer Pelky, Toyota
Nan Peterson, Child Health Advocate
Kelly Powell, Community Partners of South Florida | Safe Kids Palm Beach County
Erin Sauber-Schatz, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Stephanie Shaw, National Transportation Safety Board
Melissa Smith, Denso
Costandinos Visvikis, Industrial Relations | Child Safety CYBEX GmbH
Heather Watson, CarseatBlog.com
Kedrick R. Wills, Idaho State Police
Danielle Wolfe, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
We would also like to acknowledge the support of the following people who assisted the Consortium in their research:
- Aditya Belwadi, Ph.D., formerly with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Sergeant Scott Carlson, Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, Michigan State Police Department
- John Hardiman, NJM Insurance Company
- Jeff Heinz, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
- Matt Moore, Senior Vice President for the Highway Loss Data Institute
- John Siegler, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, Department of Transportation, NHTSA
- Lorrie Walker, retired Safe Kids Worldwide Training and Technical Advisor