Safe Kids Worldwide convened a Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) of nationally recognized child safety advocates and transportation experts in 2018 to discuss the unique safety considerations of children in automated vehicles. The BRP Children in Automated Vehicles recommendations report (October 2018) serves as a call to action for automated vehicle developers to evaluate and ensure their products are created with the protection of child passengers in mind. In the 2018 press release, the BRP specifically asked the automated vehicle industry to:

  • Support child-focused regulations,
  • Test automated vehicles in ways that consider child passengers,
  • Design vehicles that are family-friendly,
  • Conduct research on the appropriate level of supervision in automated vehicles, and
  • Ensure all marketing and advertising shows children riding in automated vehicles according to best practices.

The BRP also recommended convening a multi-year consortium to monitor research and progress, and to generate ongoing policy statements and advocacy guidance that reflect an evolving field. To continue the work of the BRP, the Children in Automated Vehicles Consortium was subsequently formed to monitor developments in the AV field and implement the BRP recommendations. The Consortium, a network of subject matter advocates and specialists, was organized into two broad working groups:

  • Policy/Legislation and Enforcement Working Group
  • Public Information and Education Working Group

This toolkit is a product of this Consortium’s work from June 2019 - March 2021.


For more information about the Consortium

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For media-related questions, contact: Gary Karton, Content Advisor, at [email protected] or at 202-662-0630.



Safe Kids Worldwide would like to thank the following Consortium members for their time and dedication to exploring these issues and helping to develop this toolkit.


Consortium Members

Kristy Brinker Brouwer, Kettering University

Jessica Butterfield, Child Safety Advocate

Katie Carpenter, Safe Kids Oklahoma

Joseph Colella, Child Passenger Safety Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

Denise Donaldson, Safe Ride News Publications

Maria Glorioso, Glorioso Law Firm

Carma Hanson, Altru Health System | Safe Kids Grand Forks

Carrisa Johns, Orange County Sheriff’s Department | Safe Kids Orange County

Deepika Kandasamy, John Snow, Inc.

Sjaan Koppel, Monash University

Jennifer Pelky, Toyota

Nan Peterson, Child Health Advocate

Kelly Powell, Community Partners of South Florida | Safe Kids Palm Beach County

Erin Sauber-Schatz, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Stephanie Shaw, National Transportation Safety Board

Melissa Smith, Denso

Costandinos Visvikis, Industrial Relations | Child Safety CYBEX GmbH

Heather Watson, CarseatBlog.com

Kedrick R. Wills, Idaho State Police

Danielle Wolfe, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


We would also like to acknowledge the support of the following people who assisted the Consortium in their research:

  • Aditya Belwadi, Ph.D., formerly with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sergeant Scott Carlson, Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, Michigan State Police Department
  • John Hardiman, NJM Insurance Company
  • Jeff Heinz, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
  • Matt Moore, Senior Vice President for the Highway Loss Data Institute
  • John Siegler, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, Department of Transportation, NHTSA
  • Lorrie Walker, retired Safe Kids Worldwide Training and Technical Advisor