Joint talk with Dasom Lee (Vanderbilt University), and Rachel McKane (Vanderbilt University) - Assessing Societal Concerns of Automated Vehicles: Policy and Design Implications.

David Hess
Vanderbilt University

This paper looks at five main areas of societal concerns that emerge with a variety of new digital infrastructure systems, including CAVs (connected and automated vehicles): privacy, cybersecurity, safety, sustainability, and equity. In the first part of the presentation, Hess will outline the overall framework of sociotechnical design (the interconnected thinking about policy design and technology design), and he will discuss results of research on how consumer organizations in the U.S. have identified various issues of societal concern. In the second part, Lee will examine regulatory solutions to the safety challenges based on emerging guidance in Australia, U.S., and Germany. She will also define emerging privacy concerns with CAVs and how they are being addressed in the U.S. and E.U. In the third part, McKane will use currently available data to give us a future-oriented picture of the potential effects of CAVs on sustainability and equity. Because CAV use will likely first occur with ride-sharing services, a better understanding of these services can help us to understand the effects of CAVs. Using spatial auto-regressive models, she will show how sustainability, equity, and gentrification dynamics must be considered together in an integrated way rather than as separate issues.

Presentation (PowerPoint File)

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