Report calls out automakers to prioritize kids’ safety in self-driving cars

A leading safety group with a Toledo office is demanding change, to keep kids safe.

Safe Kids Worldwide called out automakers in a report after it commissioned a Blue Ribbon Panel on self-driving cars.

The 17-member panel of safety and transportation experts is demanding automakers take immediate action to protect child passengers in self-driving cars.

The study wants those safety considerations to be part of the design and development of these cars and not as an afterthought.

Safe Kids Greater Toledo Coordinator Gina Veres says even though we don’t see autonomous cars all over the roads yet, we have to assume they will be in upcoming years…

The report asks how children will be safe if a supervising adult in the vehicle is sleeping or impaired, and what would happen if the vehicle breaks down or gets re-routed to an unknown location.