Safety on the Italian Highways: Impacts of the Highway Chauffeur System

Serio Agriesti*, Luca Studer, Paolo Gandini, Giovanna Marchionni, Marco Ponti, Filippo Visintainer

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Road safety is certainly a main drive toward automated driving. Removing the human factor from driving maneuvers allows to prevent crashes caused or fostered by human flaws, such as distraction or tiredness. However, full automation on public roads is still a goal to be achieved, and different solutions are currently being developed. In the short term, one of the most promising examples is the Highway Chauffeur system, capable of performing fully automated driving in defined conditions and environments. The scope of this paper is to evaluate the number of crashes that could possibly be addressed through a defined market penetration of Highway Chauffeur vehicles (HC vehicles in the article). The evaluation is based on a bibliographical review and on an analysis of crash-related data recorded in Italy by the National Statistical Institute—ISTAT—on public roads. By using the information publicly available on ISTAT’s website, this paper provides a first magnitude concerning the number of crashes addressable by the Highway Chauffeur system, and final considerations on the future research to be carried out.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Transportation Systems 2019
EditorsXiaobo Qu, Lu Zhen, Lakhmi C. Jain, Robert J. Howlett
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventKES International Symposium on Smart Transportation Systems - St. Julians, Malta
Duration: 17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019
Conference number: 2

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


ConferenceKES International Symposium on Smart Transportation Systems
Abbreviated titleKES-STS
CitySt. Julians


  • Automated driving
  • C-Roads
  • Crashes
  • Highway
  • Highway chauffeur
  • L3 driving
  • Safety
  • Traffic jam chauffeur

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