Future of Transport Autonomous Vehicles

Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 
Aeravai Autonomous Electric Road and Air Vehicle Association of Ireland
Líon na ndoiciméad faoi cheangal: 
Aeravai Autonomous Electric Road and Air Vehicle Association of Ireland


1. Introduction

Autonomous vehicles and RoboTaxi's will make SharedMobility, MaaS (Mobility as a Service), and free-floating Car Sharing more practical & feasible & provide a much-needed door-to-door both public and private 21st-century transport service for the Greater Dublin Area. They will be a vital part of the transport strategy and a major disruptor to traditional transport a lot sooner than any current transport plans have accounted for. 

They will be electric by default, helping advance and speed up our nation's EV adoption goals. They will help speed up journey times by eliminating poor human driving styles and caused traffic and help significantly reduce deaths and serious accidents and injuries. They should and probably will use dedicated Motorway lanes and Bus Lanes and/or underground vehicle tunnels in cities, plus help reduce our overall national vehicle fleet, which is not needed. Currently, the average car is mostly parked stealing our urban realm, wasting precious resources for up to 95% of their lifetime, and a financial burden many can no longer afford, wasting resources with the supply chain shortages that we don't have to spare.

It is highly likely Autonomous Electric RoboTaxi's will be with us a lot sooner than the NTA seem to be planning for or not planning at all? They are already fully deployed in other cities around the world in the US, China, and starting this year in Germany, the UK, and will also be deployed here in Ireland privately.

When are transport planners going to take this seriously as a solution to public transport that isn't despised by the general public?

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! the time to plan is now not in 5 years' time!

We must learn from past mistakes and not repeat and make foolish mistakes. We have an opportunity to invest in real desirable future public transport now or we will have wasted an opportunity to be a world leader and set an example for others to follow and waste taxpayers' and private investors and condemn the citizens and visitors to Ireland to an unhealthy undesirable public and private transport future. 

Would we invest in landline telephones or fax machines? Would we build a new canal, depend on horse and carriage for transport? It's, not a stretch to say that traditional; Trains, Trams, Buses, and cars will be joining this list of outdated communications and transport technology and if we waste Billions investing in outdated, primitive, destructive, undesirable, public transport that does not end up being used or increase public transport use, it would be a terrible waste of public and private funds that are so badly needed for other climate change adaption and urgent mitigation projects, not to mention the waste of our human labor capital that will be wasted constructing them, that is also so badly needed for these other ambitious constructions projects such as the retrofitting of our national housing stock and retrofitting of our home heating systems, the conversion from fossil fuel gas and oil to District heating from waste heat from data centers and industrial premises, resulting in unnecessary extra carbon pollution and poor air quality affecting our climate change ambitions. 

6. Public Consultation

Aeravai Autonomous Electric Road and Air Vehicle Association of Ireland Submission www.gov.ie/en/consultation/15a35-public-consultation-on-connected-and-autonomous-mobility-in-road-transport/


Organisation name: Aeravai Autonomous Electric Road and Air Vehicle Association of Ireland

Question 1. What are the overarching guiding principles that should inform the roll-out of CAM in Ireland?

Road safety should be the number one priority with the goal being to eliminate road deaths, with human error being one of the biggest causes of road deaths in Ireland.  

Connected and autonomous mobility technologies will bring about enormous improvements in traffic management and will improve journey times a major cause of daily mental health distress.

CAM will be crucial in the adoption of MaaS (mobility as a service), shared mobility, and improvements in public transport provisions not just in urban areas but also to improve rural transport provisions which have been neglected.

CAM should be used to reduce the cost of transport which is a huge financial burden to both the state and individual citizens.

Question 2. What do you see as the main areas that should be included in a national CAM strategy?

CAM technologies will have huge social and societal benefits that must be realised by politicians, planners, industry, and the general public.

We need a national education campaign for the general public and industry on the social benefits of CAM’s.

Connected and autonomous mobility technologies will not just be for improving traffic and transport but improvements but will help with improvements in our environment and in our health and mental health.

Redeployment, retraining, upskilling, and compensation scheme for displaced professional drivers.  

Question 3.        In your opinion, what strategic goals should Ireland adopt for CAM? What are the outcomes to be achieved?

Eliminate road deaths and accidents.

Reduction in traffic.

Speed up journey times.

More efficient use of infrastructure.

Reduction in the national fleet.

Improve Public transport.

Make MaaS and Shared mobility more feasible.

Reduce the cost of transport.

Improve our environment.

Improve the quality of life.

Improve the domestic economy.

Improve rural Ireland connectivity.  

Question 4.        What do you see as the greatest opportunities associated with CAM in Ireland? How can the Government facilitate these opportunities?

We need public education programs like the one the RSA currently runs on the benefits of CAM and how we could eliminate road deaths and accidents from a quick adoption of it. CAM will reduce human error accidents and reverse the public perception that it is socially acceptable to lose millions of citizens globally and thousands here due to car accidents.

The government should consider CAM-only vehicle lanes on motorways and urban settings as soon as possible. This will encourage the adoption and deployment of CAMs.

CAM and AI traffic management will help eliminate the majority of human-caused traffic. Just one Autonomous vehicle has been proved to improve traffic conditions

CAM will allow increased speeds and improve journey times and because it is much safer than human-controlled vehicles increased speed limits should be prioritised on motorways 200kph+

More efficient use of road infrastructure CAM vehicles will make it possible to handle more vehicles on our roads in a smaller amount of space, stopping the extra lane traffic issue that has plagued motorway expansion here in Ireland and globally.  

Tax incentives should be used to help adoption like with the incentives used for EV adoption at the moment and should be completely import duty, VRT and VAT free.

Should the price of this vital safety equipment be regulated by the EU or Irish government with controls in place for anti-monopoly practices?

Reduction in the national fleet is needed. There are currently over 2million cars in Ireland and most of them sit doing nothing for 90% of their life. This is a complete waste of resources and has damaged the environment. The production of this fleet of CAM vehicles will make MaaS mobility as a service, car share, and shared mobility more feasible.

CAM vehicles will reclaim the urban realm back from parked cars.  

Reducing the cost of transport CAM will allow the cost of transport to be shared more fairly  

CAM will Improve our environment by reducing the number of vehicles on the road.

CAM’s will Improve the quality of life. At the moment uncontrolled human-directed traffic is having detrimental effects on our health and mental health and could be eliminated with more orderly control of traffic and transport.  

Improve the domestic economy.

Improve rural Ireland connectivity.

Industry leaders in CAM technology have indicated that they are willing to share their technology. Should new vehicles be allowed to be sold without this safety technology? Should it be compulsory with all new vehicle sales? We wouldn't allow a car to be sold without seatbelts and airbags now, would we? A deadline for new sales of unequipped Vehicles should be set along with this technology being a requirement of all road-legal vehicles. This should happen as soon as possible to prevent further deaths.  

Question 5.        What do you see as the main barriers to the development and deployment of CAM in Ireland? How can the Government best address these barriers?

The current government's main transport strategy is to invest in 20th-century public transport solutions without considering what the general public desires. This will result in poor use of public funds and it is suspect if it will achieve the desired goals.

By excluding CAM in public transport strategy which the NTA (National Transport Authority) has done to date under the mistaken belief that CAM technology will not be deployed in the near future, despite many submissions to public consultations and world events indicating otherwise. Ireland's public transport could be obsolete before delivery of current major investment plans making it further less desirable to use, at huge financial cost to the taxpayer and Citizens further disillusioned with transport provisions thus causing further detrimental health and mental health of the Nation that is currently not being considered by planners and authorities satisfactorily.

Lack of transport or lack of access to transport is a major mental health concern due to loneliness and isolation which is so bad for your health. It's the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes every day! This is not just in Rural areas that get most of the press but suburban and Urban isolation is a cause for concern as well due to poor availability or cost of Transport being a contributing factor to mental health decline in cities.

The NTA has not been in contact with international experts and it is very unclear if they currently employ any themselves on CAM’s but I agree with you that this is an incredibly important area that is often overlooked. You can find Dr. Rebbca Posner’s paper that summarises the work that was conducted here: https://trl.co.uk/uploads/trl/documents/Mental%20health%20and%20transport_0.pdf

It is quite a lengthy report on research aimed to understand how mental health could impact travel mode choice and explore the factors that influence or are barriers to accessing certain modes of transport and how these vary across different forms of mental health difficulties.

Prof. Roger Mackett, a visiting professor at University College London has also conducted work in this area you can find his initial study here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/662737/report-on-mental-impairments_final.pdf.

We also conducted some work last year on behalf of the Department for Transport to expand the current guidance on the accessible public realm. A stream of this work focused on this wider range of mental health difficulties experienced in England - you can find all of that research here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accessible-public-realm-updating-guidance-and-further-research.

Most recently in Ireland a survey for Transport Infrastructure Ireland found that more than half of the women it spoke to said they would not use public transport after dark or late at night. The report entitled Travelling in a Woman's Shoes found that 34% of women stated that the feeling of being unsafe has on occasion stopped them from going out altogether. The study conducted last year says 33% of public transport users have seen or experienced some form of harassment or violence while using public transport. The report says that staying safe is a top priority for many women while traveling every day. It says a single incident often has a lasting impact.

I did ask the NTA what if any considerations it has?

In answer to your question, the NTA has not carried out any mental health surveys with regard to transport planning and future needs.

The Accessibility on Public Transport Survey that you mentioned below was sent out to over 290 User Groups nationwide including organisations for Mental Health. This was the first time that the NTA compiled a survey like this and it was to try and get general feedback from a wide range of groups rather than specific elements.


There have been surveys on the Accessibility in Transportation carried out by the Irish Wheelchair Association but I am unsure if any organisations for Mental Health have carried out any previously on behalf of their members.

The NTA contacted many User Groups (including Mental Health Ireland, Mental Health Reform, Grow, and Jigsaw) for Bus Connects with details of how to attend the webinar events on it and how to make submissions on behalf of themselves or their group.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is running Metro Link. They are asking people to register their interest at


This allows people to be informed on the progress of the various stages but also to make submissions too.

Kind Regards,


Question 6.        What do you see as the greatest risks associated with the roll-out of CAM in Ireland? How can these areas of concern be mitigated?

The greatest risk is delay or slow rollout! Every day it’s delayed it will cost further lives and make daily life more stressful and cause further damage to the environment from producing cars that are not needed.

Redeployment, retraining, upskilling, and compensation schemes for displaced professional drivers need to be planned for and mitigate any further distress of workers during the inevitable transition so social unrest within the industry could and should be avoided.    

Question 7.        What do you see as the most pressing issues to be addressed in the immediate term (as opposed to a medium-term or longer-term perspective)?

Allowing and encouraging deployment to date there has only been one public deployment in Ireland with the general public planners and politicians still very uneducated on the coming technology. We need a public education program like the one the RSA currently runs on media and educates the overall social benefits of CAM on Irish roads.

Ireland is following the UNECE direction which is now woefully out-of-date to the detriment of deployment in Ireland. We should consider withdrawing from the agreement to follow the directive if it is not updated this year to encourage more international companies to locate in Ireland for CAM deployment.

Question 8.        Any additional comments

There is currently a concerted effort to mislead politicians and the general public about the development and deployment of Autonomous Vehicles. Some in the Irish media and consultants in traditional public transport are heavily dependent on car ownership and the advertising revenue that comes from it and outdated 20th-century transport proposals. It may be directed by some of the existing car manufacturers who advertise with them who are extremely worried about declining car sales, saying Autonomous vehicles are decades away. Even some competitors within the Autonomous vehicle industry are agreeing to go along with this false narrative because their own technology may be inferior to others. It's from the same playbook from some in the media with vested interests against the electric car which they successfully delayed by decades! Think General Motors and the EV1, now some vested interests are trying to do the same with Autonomous vehicle deployment. One manufacturer Tesla has proved them wrong about the deployment of electric cars and is about to do the same with their CAM-capable fleet that will have huge social benefits and will make many who are unprepared face reality like a ton of bricks.

 Tesla's FSD "feature complete" (Fully deployable in the real world) as the company calls it is much closer to happening than most people realise due to the misinformation campaign against Autonomous vehicle deployment. We can't let this misinformation campaign continue! There are huge social benefits to come from the deployment of Autonomous Vehicles with the potential to save millions of lives. We need to replace the entire vehicle fleet with electric, that's a given now. We're finally winning the war against the electric car! But do we need as many vehicles? The answer is clearly NO we don't! The current fleet of cars we have sits doing nothing for 90% plus of its life and it's also a huge financial burden many simply just can no longer afford! The whole car loan industry PPP is dysfunctional and warnings are coming from regulators. Cam’s will make Shared mobility more feasible and will replace the current ideology of car ownership. The traditional view of having to own a car is slowly coming to an end. Tesla intends to be the world leader of MaaS & shared mobility and when FSD is feature complete it will launch its Tesla Network similar to Uber/Lyft combined with CarSharing except for no driver upfront and when it is up and running current Tesla owners with FSD will be able to share their car and make money from their car, making it a revenue-earning asset rather than money pit that most current cars are and normally only functional for a small amount of its lifetime wasting and stealing so much of our space from the urban realm being parked cars. We could reduce the number of cars on our roads by quite a significant amount, up to 75% of our current fleet of cars are simply not needed! It's no wonder the traditional motor industry is terrified. Some of them are already selling their cars at near cost and depend on income from finance and parts. Volkswagen's (VW) CEO is so scared he thinks VW may go the same way as Nokia! A better comparison though would be what the mobile did to landline telephones. Autonomous CAM’s vehicles will help our Health and Mental Health. Autonomous vehicles will be electric by default. They will reduce air pollution, they will reduce the cost of travel. They will reduce the stress of traveling and will help alleviate both suburban and rural isolation. With so many places not covered by public transport, Autonomous vehicles could and should be the future of public transport! The societal and environmental benefits are huge and we can't let vested interests deny us this much-needed technological advancement as they did with the electric car.

Aeravia, Autonomous Electric Road & Air Vehicle Association of Ireland.

Please accept recommendations for the Public consultation on the government’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030. It is my hope you will put all of these proposals to the minister of transport of the day.

This is a brief outline of what I think should be the goals of the Road Safety Authority for the next 10 years with all of them to be implemented at the earliest possibility.

more detail can be added to this at requested

Public Consultation on the Development of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2021–2030

Traffic and unnecessarily long journeys is detrimental to health and mental health.

Traffic and unnecessarily long journeys has been proven to be detrimental to health and mental health and should be considered the number one priority and is actually the number one concern for everyday road users in their daily life and quality of life.

AI (artificial intelligence) traffic management control systems (AMCS)

All traffic to be controlled, directed and managed by a State run AI (artificial intelligence) traffic management control systems (AMCS)

All data & metadata controlled by the state.

All data and metadata to be controlled by the state and monitored by the data protection commissioner and all data collected by private companies compulsorily handed over to the states traffic management control systems (AMCS).

Fastest possible journey times and recommended opening times

With recommended journey times for individuals for traffic free journeys via app on phone with provisions for those unable to use mobile phones. Shops, schools and workplaces having to follow recommended opening and closing times to reduce traffic.  

Real-time GPS trackers onboard all vehicles.

All vehicles to be compulsory be connected to the (AMCS) for real-time display in all road-legal vehicles. Real-time GPS trackers onboard all vehicles including personal mobility vehicles bicycles and E-scooters. Bringing the vehicle registration display into the 21st century.

Driver license log in.

Smart driver's license should be logged into all manually controlled vehicles to start the ignition and before departure with only a valid license being able to start the manually controlled vehicle.

(too many disqualified drivers have continued to drive illegally with many causing deaths this is preventable with this technology)

Driver license review

With a review of the suitability of driving manually conducted at least every 5 years. With this decision being made by the previous manual driving. The current one-off driving test for the suitability of driving should be reviewed.  

All road-legal vehicles to be Autonomous capable by 2025.

We should aim to have all road-legal vehicles autonomous

All vehicles to be compulsory level 4 or level 5 autonomous vehicles.

All current EV’s are actually autonomously capable upgradeable with the use of additional devices such as the one from www.comma.ai 

A published timetable for Motorways and tunnels to be fully compulsory electric vehicles and Autonomous asap.

An incentive to convert all vehicles to electric would be to ban ICE internal combustion engines petrol, diesel, and hybrid vehicles from motorways and tunnels.  

All speed limits should be reviewed to accommodate for Autonomous Vehicles.

Motorways could have speed limits increased to 200+kph when Autonomously controlled.

Public education program.

Public education program on road technology and the benefits to health, mental health, and society in general of such technology as (AMCS) and Autonomous vehicles. via media and social media like current education programs.

Ireland should set an example for the EU & UNECE to adopt.

Rather than Ireland just following EU & UNECE road directives we should also try to set an example for the EU & UNECE to adopt from our example for them to follow Ireland's example.

Traffic to be put underground vehicle tunnels and pedestrianization in urban centers.

As much city to outer suburbs traffic should be put underground and traffic to be removed from city centers and put underground as much as possible. Pedestrianisation should be prioritised and considered for all urban centers. With drones and tunnels used for stock deliveries.  

Cycling infrastructure to be prioritised over vehicle traffic.

With best international practice followed with completely separate cycle lanes.

The disabled community and our older population to be prioritised.

People with disabilities and our older population to be prioritised with door-to-door services.

Overweight and obese citizens should be encouraged to walk a medically recommended amount before being offered free public transport or private transport.

Public transport nationally to be free at the point of use paid for through general taxation.

Car ownership to be discouraged and car-sharing programs to be both state-run

and private operators. The Car remains unused for 95% of its lifetime and is a complete waste of precious resources and is a financial burden to many.    

All vehicles to be electric.

The damage to the environment should be considered in the Government’s Road Safety Strategy as there is plenty of evidence that road traffic pollution is contributing to a number of deaths every year including causing extra deaths by helping covid19 spread on pollution.  

Basic insurance to be nationalised

CTP (compulsory third party insurance) With 1 in 13 drivers in Ireland now driving uninsured (illegally) and the private motor insurance industry price-fixing making basic third party insurance unaffordable for many, It's time to nationalise third party insurance and incorporate it into the motor tax system with private insurance companies only responsible for fully comprehensive insurance.  

All HGV’s to be banned during the hours of 7:30-19:30 in urban areas.

All HGVs over a certain weight should be banned during the daytime hours of 7:30am till 19:30pm in built-up urban areas to many children and cyclists have been killed by HGVs.

All professional vehicles and HGVs to have cameras and black boxes onboard

All professional vehicles and HGVs to have full 360 visibility and cameras and a black box onboard for recording and playback.

Óglaigh na hÉireann our Irish Defence Forces should store and maintain a sufficient and adequate supply of completely electronics-free buses and emergency vehicles with enough people trained to use said vehicles for emergencies for use, in the unlikely event caused by either a natural or man-made disaster or attack on the country such as a solar storm or EMP attack on the country, that would render all electronic vehicles unusable that will provide emergency care for the whole country and its total population.



8. Planning for Sustainable Transport

Detrimental effects of our transport on our health and mental health

Transport in Ireland is one of the biggest causes of daily stress in our lives.
It is detrimental to our health not only from environmental damage from the forms of transport that we use but the methods of Transport we use are stress-inducing and are detrimental to our health and mental health in a number of ways.

Lack of transport or lack of access to transport is a major mental health concern due to loneliness and isolation which is so bad for your health it's the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes every day! This is not just in Rural areas that get most of the attention but also suburban and Urban isolation is a cause for concern as well due to poor availability or cost of Transport being a contributing factor to mental health decline in cities with 1 in 3 younger people admitting to suffering from loneliness (pre-pandemic).

Some transport planners at NTA (National Transport Authority) seem to be blissfully unfamiliar and unaware about the damaging effects that journey times and duration cause. It has even been reported that journeys have been deliberately slowed down with drivers under the threat of fines for not slowing the journey?? This is probably because they don't use said services on a daily basis and in turn, are unaware of the stressful effects it can have on people's mental health, the stress it causes in people's daily lives, and on our health care system.

Some in government however have now recognised a better work-life balance is needed and is fundamental to the population's happiness.

19. Next Steps

Ireland has been a world leader before in other areas including transport, having the first suburban railway in the world.

We have an opportunity to be a world leader again by embracing this fantastic life-changing technology now.

The social and societal benefits and our international reputation could be vastly improved 

with the widespread use and adoption of Autonomous Vehicles and Shared Mobility. 

Traditional undesirable 20th-century transport solutions; underground and overground Heavy rail, Trams, Buses, and Cars are just not going to cut it! To give us the desired results we desperately need to improve our national and personal finances, our quality of life, our safety, or most importantly our urban realm, habitat, and environment.   

12. Public Transport (Bus, Light & Heavy Rail)

Any one of a number of companies coming out of stealth mode in the Share Mobility Autonomous RoboTaxi's business could drop 5000 plus RoboTaxi's in Ireland in the very near future. One car manufacture already have thousands of vehicles here now waiting for an over the air update to make them fully Autonomous and they will be legally allowed on Irish roads by UNECE/EU directives and Article 16 of EU right to trade will not allow the NTA or National government of the day stop them or prevent them from trading in Ireland under EU rules. So the question is please ask yourself? What form of transport when not walking, cycling, or using E-mobility is the general public really going to want to use? Train? Tram? Bus? I don't think so! A door-to-door service is what people desire and will demand! 

18. Environmental Assessment

As a resident beside a busy train station with plans to further double the noise pollution traffic, I have a number of health concerns that have been raised about noise and air pollution and the detrimental effects it has on public health. It appears this has not been taken into account with transport planning and proposals by the NTA. When asked at a public consultation the deputy CEO didn't seem to think it was a concern and that would be an Environmental Assessment responsibility?

Something that is being considered by the EPA but has not been investigated fully by the HSE or HSA and may have serious ramifications from having to provide extra healthcare or long-term care or worse citizens suing the state from a known public health issue, as issued to Ireland by the WHO World Health Organisation? I have raised my concerns with the C&AG Comptroller and Auditor Generals' office and warned of the consequences. 



The same lack of consideration has been given to the MetroLink proposal?


The same lack of consideration when it comes to our city biosphere? The proposal to cut down thousands of mature trees that may result in lengthy protests and legal battles?


Existing and proposed public transport with no HVAC or UVC-C222 may be dangerous to human health from airborne and other pathogens.







4. Policy Review

There seems to be a democratic deficit with 57 plus different agencies involved in Transport in Dublin alone, a serious problem with Quango distributed responsibility and very little or zero accountability! 

Current Elected reps don't seem to have much say in transport planning?

It was to be and still very well could and should be the responsibility of a Directly Elected Mayor for the Greater Dublin Area to assume accountability for Transport in the GDA from the NTA with full control over transport policy and delivery and held accountable by the electorate.   

If the transport policy of the NTA does match the Mayor's, the Mayor is accountable. The NTA doesn't appear to be accountable at all, spending over €400 million of public funds on undelivered and undeliverable proposals.

The policy of selling green bonds by the NTMA and using our national pension fund on projects with no planning could seriously damage Irelands international reputation and damage funding for real green projects. 

11: Cycling and Personal Mobility Devices

The NTA's proposed Future cycling infrastructure is substandard and insufficient possibly even dangerous! Unfortunately, people do not feel safe cycling with poor substandard cycling infrastructure in the city,

As seen in DLR if proper desirable segregated bi-directional cycling infrastructure is installed people will come & use them!

Under the proposed Busconnects, cycling infrastructure is substandard and unsuitable and may be cause for it not to make it through the planning permission process at An Bord Pleanála!

Single small lanes on each side of the road don't allow for peak-time traffic demands or faster or slower cyclists nor does it allow for CARGO bikes and future E-mobility current E-bikes and future E-scooters!

As seen on Griffith Ave and other locations children don't use the single small bike lanes because of their poor design and continue to use the wider footpaths.

We need a proper fully segregated bi-directional cycling infrastructure. We also need to put the majority of vehicle traffic underground and further pedestrianise the city center.

2. Progress on Prior Strategy

Prior strategies would have been great 10/20 years ago but are now so woefully primitive and plans have taken so long that they are now completely out of date! They seem to be only still considered because of vested interests, preferred bidders, previous contract winners pressure, ideological ideas, nostalgia, so much being spent on the proposals, and possibly even buying international support post-Brexit, rather than desirable transport provisions for the whole country with rural and some suburban areas most disadvantaged and underserved.        

3. Strategy Challenges

Because of the poor housing policies planning or complete lack of it, we have continued the disastrously failed policy of urban sprawl with workers, students, and residents having to make extremely long journeys. This is one of the reasons people desire faster direct transport rather than current inconvenient extremely long journeys. 

5. Strategy Aim and Objectives

With Mental Health and Environmental health being our biggest concern for the following decades these must be given full consideration which has been lacking or missing up until now. The advantages that will come from Autonomous vehicles will be numerous and will enhance our urban realm and help achieve vision zero deaths on our roads from advanced safety features far beyond the capabilities of human drivers.   

Fully Autonomous Vehicles will offer more personal freedom than current public transport just doesn't provide. 

AV's will reduce long journey times from traditional public transport which takes so much longer and is more inconvenient than car journeys which is one of the main reasons people refuse to use and despise traditional public transport. 

They will offer greater Independence to our disability community and people with disabilities, like the blind, who are capable of self-sufficiency, and highly automated vehicles can help them live the life they want.

Ireland with its aging demographic will be aided, these vehicles will also enhance independence for our older people.

Reduced Congestion

Several causes of traffic congestion could be addressed by AVs.
Fewer crashes mean fewer roadway backups. AVs maintain a safe and consistent distance between vehicles, helping to reduce the human driving style caused traffic of stop-and-go waves that produce road congestion.

Environmental Gains

AVs have the potential to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions.
Fewer traffic jams save fuel and reduce greenhouse gases from needless idling.

Autonomous vehicles and car-sharing may spur more demand for all types of electric vehicles. When the vehicle is used more hours a day through car-sharing, any up-front battery costs could be shared also, increasing the economic appeal of electric cars.



13. Road

Serious consideration should be given to trialing a roadway capable of charging EV's 


Any new concrete roadway should be compulsory to sequester carbon in the concrete used.


Underground tunnels should be prioritised over above-ground roadways and motorways to preserve and not disrupt the biosphere after the success of the Dublin Port Tunnel and with costs being reduced 10 fold since its completion it is now competitive to do so.

The removal or covering of dangerous tram tracks should be a priority. 

All Autonomous vehicles on Irish roads should be capable of inspecting and automatically reporting road defects to road maintenance departments.

Autonomous road maintenance vehicles should be used to repair roadways 


We should remove all ramps nationwide that will no longer be needed, with speed being governed by autonomous control which is a cause for concern for people with back health problems and has a mostly negative impact on journey quality with not much benefit.




19. Next Steps

It would be my recommendation to Transport Authorities, the Minister for Transport, Government, and Opposition Government Parties to pause and reconsider all current transport proposals, plans, and strategies and give extremely serious consideration to these emerging technologies and the benefits they will bring to our health and mental health, our environment and biosphere, our society, our personal well being and quality of life and Ireland's international reputation. The question is how soon do you want this to happen?

15. Freight, Delivery and Servicing

Autonomous vehicles could and should be used for package deliveries when not used for transporting passengers. 

Underground tunnels should be seriously considered to replace on-street surface deliveries.  

Urban and rural electric air mobility is another emerging technology with Ireland being a world leader with home drone delivery. This should be expanded and encouraged by the national government of the day which will reduce road traffic and carbon and air pollution,

it will also be safer. The reduction in delivery drivers means fewer cars on the road which should result in fewer accidents and injuries.

We should also encourage modern airships to take over from rail, if railways are removed and turned into greenways.



7. Strategy Development Process

Serious consideration has to be given to the results from current transport provisions and proposed projects and the effects it has had on our personal and state finances, our environment our health, and society.  

Bus lanes were promised to increase journey times, this never happened, and all journey time increased as a result of this failed policy.

Many current public transport vehicles are currently driving around empty or are uneconomically viable, also resulting in poor air quality and noise and air pollution.

9. Integration and Inclusion

Why are Governments only giving grants for private EV car ownership when many can no longer afford the financial burden of private car ownership due to the increased costs?

We need to change the mantra around ownership & promote SharedMobility & CarSharing and give tax incentives to operators to enter the Irish market.

Why is Mental health not a consideration when it comes to transport planning? Lack of transport or lack of access to transport is a major mental health concern due to loneliness and isolation which is so bad for your health. It's the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes every day! This is not just in Rural area's that gets most of the attention but also in suburban and Urban isolation is a cause for concern as well due to poor availability or due to the financial burden from both public and private Transport being a contributing factor to mental health decline in our rural areas and cities.

Women are the ones most looking forward to having Robotaxi's who spend more on taxis and transport due to safety concerns on current undesirable, unsafe, Buses Trams & Trains public transport.

If you do the maths on providing a free public transport service it would not be that expensive. In 2019 we had 10m visitors and 5m residents. To provide Free Public Transport nationally it would only cost about €100 per head would be €1.5B we could spend on our free public transport service. 

10. Walking, Accessibility and Public Realm

During the pandemic, a number of streets were temporarily pedestrianised with huge success.

We should seriously consider putting as much traffic underground in underground vehicle tunnels and keep the surface free for pedestrians, cyclists, and new E-mobility and E-bikes in our city center and beyond now that tunnel costs have been reduced by a factor of 10 compared to our last vehicle tunnel the Dublin Port Tunnel and expensive labor-intensive metro tunnels with large station blocks.



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