We are delighted to announce that our speakers will be Dr Chris Tennant, LSE and Dr Sally Stares, City University, talking about “Driverless cars and the public: collision or collaboration?”.
Their abstract and details are below.
Technology companies and automotive manufacturers are racing to introduce autonomous vehicles (AVs) onto the road, while traffic regulators are encouraged by the promise of reduced accident casualties. Technical development has focused on AVs navigating the physical environment, and on predicting the behaviour of human driven vehicles as objects within that environment. Less consideration is being given to how the human drivers will interact with these new agents on the road, which is a social as well as a physical space: using survey and focus group evidence we explain why the perspective of other road-users needs much more attention.
The introduction of AVs is already shaping up as a text book case for the divergent perspectives of the technology companies and the public. We’re keen to hear the views of participants at the seminar regarding the comparison between the case of AVs and other PUS domains.
Dr Chris Tennant worked in the financial services sector for 25 years before completing a PhD at the LSE that analysed the arguments people use when discussing climate change. He is now a visiting teacher at the LSE and has carried out a number of research projects at the LSE, most recently studying how drivers imagine they will interact with Autonomous Vehicles.
Dr Sally Stares is a lecturer in the Sociology Department at City, University of London. She completed her PhD at the LSE on measurement issues in Eurobarometer surveys of public perceptions of biotechnology, and more recently has focused on topics of public engagement with science, prior to this focus on AVs.
Wed 30 November 2016, from 16.15-18.00 in Room QUE 3.28 at LSE (map here http://www.lse.ac.uk/mapsAndDirections/home.aspx).