AVs are currently in development and being tested on public roads. Now is the time to consider the unique needs of children, our most vulnerable passengers, when it comes to this emerging form of transportation.

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The Consortium on Protecting Children in Automated Vehicles worked to ensure that child safety needs are actively reflected in new vehicle designs, regulations, laws, and educational messaging. We are encouraged by the expansion of advanced driver assistance technologies and automated driving features and their promising potential to prevent or mitigate crashes caused by human error. Our priority is to ensure that stakeholders consider the safety needs of families as these technologies continue to evolve, thereby minimizing the risk of injury and death. Our work, summarized in this toolkit, focused on the needs of children under 13 in automated vehicles based on publicly available information between June 2019 - March 2021. The Consortium members include researchers, vehicle- and child-restraint manufacturers, law enforcement officers, consumer advocacy groups, communications experts, EMS and fire safety professionals, an attorney, and public health organizations working in the U.S, Australia, and Europe.