• It going to happen. cars without drivers.
    What are the implications of this for the cycle training industry?

    Level 1 skills will always be needed.
    Core level 2 skills such as communication and eye contact, positioning to be seen by drivers and perhaps even awareness may be redundant...

    What outcomes would be needed for sharing roads with robocars?

  • You may need to find out what the cars are sensing for. Afaik they monitor signalling and road positioning of other vehicles - and driverless cars are programmed to give wide berth to vehicles that
    Change lane without indicating
    Accelerate decelerate erratically
    Adopt poor lane position
    Cut into others braking distance

    So try and find out what the driverless cars pick up about cyclists.

  • Core level 2 skills such as communication and eye contact, positioning to be seen by drivers and perhaps even awareness may be redundant...

    Not sure. I think these skills will just need to be readjusted to focus more into using other features (such as the speed, braking, steering movements) that we also use in trying to predict driver behavior. A number of new "game strategies" too, I suspect, will develop as we come to be able to expect certain kinds of responses to certain kinds of stimulae, resp. car sensor activation.
    The biggest problem I suspect facing us as cyclists will be lobby groups and legislators that might push for an exclusion of bicycles from the main roadways-- just as bicycles came to be excluded from many highways (recall it was originally bicycle groups that lobbied for the establishment of the US highway system) and horses from city roads (again many were originally designed for horse and carriages).

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