Today at the Festival: live session looks at autonomous vehicles

09.04 | 17 November 2020 | |

The third live discussion session of the Festival of Road Safety – which focuses on connected and autonomous vehicles – takes place today, with a limited number of delegate places still available.

Organised by Road Safety GB, the Festival of Road Safety will see more than 40 pre-recorded and live sessions broadcast throughout November (2-27 Nov).

Today at the Festival
Tuesday’s content begins with a Fringe presentation (10am) looking at ‘the inconvenient truth about mobile phone distraction and what we can do about it’.

Delivered by Dr Gemma Briggs (Open University) and Dr Helen Wells (Keele University), the presentation will combine research on the actual effects of distraction (Dr Briggs) – with research into the best ways of translating research into practice (Dr Wells) – to suggest the best ways to deter drivers from engaging in distracted driving. 

It will also discuss the outcome of the application of this combined work to the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC’s) 2020 mobile phone enforcement campaign.

This is followed at 2pm by the week’s live discussion session, titled: ‘Connected & Autonomous Vehicles – what are the road safety challenges?’.

The panellists are: 

  • Dr Huw Davies, assistant professor, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University
  • Michael Talbot, head of strategy, Zenzic (on secondment from the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV))
  • Ruth Anderson MCIHT, data and digital lead, IHub Future Mobility Team, Innovation & Research, Oxfordshire County Council

A limited number of places still remain available for this session. Click here to register.

Coming up tomorrow
At 10am, a fringe presentation is being published, delivered by Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA policy adviser and head of RoSPA Scotland and Carolyn Reid of the Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance.

Their presentation is titled ‘The Gig Economy – driving and riding for work: how much do you know about this growing sector?’.

This is followed at 2pm by a workshop, facilitated by Ian Edwards, New View Consultants.

His workshop, titled Designing effective messaging – an introduction to a new course developed by the Road Safety GB Academy, is fully subscribed, but will be made available via catch-up later in the week.

The full four-week programme is published on the Festival website. For more information contact either Edward Seaman or Nick Rawlings by email, or alternatively on 01379 650112.



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