Many challenges loom around the corner as the prospect for driver-less cars moves closer to reality.
A forum on Friday at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School will look at ways drivers, policy makers, regional planners, industry leaders, and lawyers should prepare for their arrival on roads and highways in the next decade.
Organizers say the self-driving vehicles can be considered:
“a ‘disruptive technology’ with the ability to transform transportation infrastructure, expand access, and deliver benefits to a variety of users. However, there are many obstacles to overcome to make this technology viable, widely available, and permissible.”
Issue to be considered at the conference include:
- Industry and design perspectives
- Civil liability and insurance
- Criminal liability
- Regional and city planning perspectives
- Ethics, equity, and access
- Karlyn Stanley, senior researcher, RAND Corporation
- Richard Bishop, automation expert, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
- Bryan Walker Smith, law professor, University of South Carolina
- Scott Dibble, Minnesota state senator
- Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health
- Dorothy Glancy, law professor, Santa Clara University
- David Levinson, professor, University of Minnesota
- Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State
The conference is intended for lawyers, policymakers, industry members, urban and regional planners, transportation specialists, insurance professionals, STEM educators, media, faculty, students, and members of the public.