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Who to kill? The dilemma of driverless cars – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 24th, 2016.

Driverless cars hold the promise of safer transport. But how should they react when loss of life appears inevitable? Should a car swerve to miss a pedestrian on the road, even if doing so would kill the passenger? What if it was two people on the road? Or ten people? New US research, published in […]

Govt to kick-start electric vehicle uptake- Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 6th, 2016.

The Government wants to double the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand every year to reach 64,000 by 2021. Yesterday Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced a series of measures to try and reach the target, including a new Road User Charge exemption for heavy electric vehicles, a $6 million innovation fund and allowing electric vehicles […]

Emissions linked to transport, diet – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 25th, 2015.

The carbon footprint of the average Kiwi household is getting smaller, but there is still plenty of room for improvement, suggests new research. According to a new working paper from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, consumption emissions from individual households fell by almost 5 percent since 2007. However, due to the rise in New Zealand’s population, […]

Climate change a ‘medical emergency’ – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 23rd, 2015.

Climate change threatens to unravel the last 50 years of health gains, but also presents an opportunity to boost global health, say the authors of a new report. The comments come from the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a group formed to map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary […]

Crash report highlights at-risk groups

John Kerr posted in on April 3rd, 2013.

A report on traffic deaths and injuries in greater Auckland has highlighted the communities most at risk of being harmed on our roads. New research from the University of Auckland, commissioned by Auckland Transport,  has analysed the most recently available traffic related deaths and hospitalisations data. The resulting report, released this week, report describes social […]

SMC Briefing: Electric car technology

John Kerr posted in on June 20th, 2012.

Electric vehicles are now a global reality, but what are the market and regulatory challenges we face in creating an infrastructure to support them? The Science Media Centre held a media briefing exploring the reality and potential of electric vehicles in  New Zealand ahead of the APEC Electric Vehicle Connectivity Workshop and expert meeting at […]

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