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  • News and Views |

    For the well informed, taking actions to curb energy consumption from household appliances is uncomplicated. Now, research shows that simple information provision interventions can correct consumer misperceptions of the energy consumed by common appliances, offering hope to the rest of us.

    • Omar Isaac Asensio
    Nature Energy 4, 823-824
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Studies have provided rich data on global preferences for how autonomous vehicles should act in collisions. We describe a framework for incorporating such preferences in policy. Preferences should inform the design of autonomous vehicles only after being screened for bias and only to the degree to which they match major ethical theories.

    • Julian Savulescu
    • , Guy Kahane
    •  & Christopher Gyngell
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Access to rich, high-quality datasets is widely considered to be vital for energy research and public policy. While smart metering has the potential to revolutionize access to energy consumption data, coordinated efforts are needed from government, funding bodies and researchers to overcome the barriers to data access.

    • Ellen Webborn
    •  & Tadj Oreszczyn
    Nature Energy 4, 624-626