WSU and AAA Kansas co-sponsoring ‘Technology Takes the Wheel®’ symposiums with expert speakers; first event is Aug. 30
Space is limited. RSVP online at www.wichitastate.edu/
WICHITA, Kan. – AAA Kansas and Wichita State University (WSU) are partnering to present “Technology Takes the Wheel®,” an educational seminar series beginning this month.
The first seminar will address the future impact of self-driving cars on Kansas roadways and communities and address preparations underway to ensure Kansas’ autonomous vehicle future is manageable for our communities, while providing traffic safety for all using the roadways.
“The technology to provide fully self-driving vehicles is under development and testing and is advancing toward future reality on our roadways,” said Shawn Steward, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Kansas. “As the nation’s foremost advocate for motorists, travelers and traffic safety, AAA is pleased to partner with Wichita State to provide this informative forum to educate and engage with transportation and government officials, community business leaders and the public on the future of our transportation system, so we are prepared when autonomous vehicles become reality in Kansas.”
The first seminar, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Wichita on Aug. 30.
WHAT: Transportation Transformation: An Overview of Autonomous Vehicles
WHEN: 9-11:30 a.m., Aug. 30, 2019
WHERE: WSU Tech – National Center for Aviation Training
Student Center, Lecture Hall
4004 N. Webb Road, Wichita, KS 67226
WHO: Scheduled speakers include the following.
Mike Floberg – Director of Innovative Technologies, Kansas Dept. of Transportation
Jim Barbaresso – Leader, Intelligent Transportation Systems Practice, HNTB
Jill Ingrassia – Managing Director, Gov’t. Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy, AAA
Aaron Foster – Solutions Engineer, Navya Group
RSVP: There is no fee to attend. Registration is required, as space is limited. Register online: www.wichita.edu/
“Future transportation systems with connected and autonomous vehicles will greatly change and impact all aspects of society, including our cities, rural communities, commerce and even human interaction and mobility,” said Debbie Franklin, WSU director of strategic initiatives. “As a university with a strong focus on advanced technology, innovation and applied learning, this is the type of forum and discourse we aim to provide our students and the community.”
Additional “Technology Takes the Wheel®” seminars, which will take place at the same time and location, include the following.
Oct. 11, 2019
Human and Mobility Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles
Jan. 31, 2020
Infrastructure, Security and Vehicle Considerations for Autonomous Transportation
April 17, 2020
Autonomous Vehicle Transportation in Rural and Urban Settings
Consumer Views on AV
Autonomous vehicle technology is in various stages of development and, in several locations across the country, pilot testing with applications such as driverless shuttles in limited areas. But consumer comfort with self-driving vehicles is slow to develop. AAA’s annual automated vehicle survey, earlier this year, found that 71 percent of people are afraid to ride in fully self-driving vehicles.
More promising, AAA found that Americans are receptive to the idea of automated vehicle technology in more limited applications. About half (53 percent) are comfortable with low-speed, short distance forms of transportation like people movers found at airports or theme parks while 44 percent are comfortable with fully self-driving vehicles for delivery of food or packages. However, once the passengers become more personal – in particular, transporting their loved ones – one in five remain comfortable.
AAA believes the key to helping consumers feel more comfortable with fully self-driving vehicles will be bridging the gap between the perception of automated vehicle technology and the reality of how it actually works in today’s cars. “Technology Takes the Wheel®,” seminars are among the ways AAA is informing and educating key stakeholders and consumers about the emerging AV technology.