Can I ask for you to include Professor Martin Bauer (copied) from the LSE in your attendees for the event on 30th April, please? We should both be listed as Social Psychologists.
A quick stab at a position statement provided below, treat it as coming from both of us.
Proponents of CAV technology anticipate a road in the distant future when fallible, and also expensive, drivers have been removed from the road. Public concerns over CAV technology tend to be framed as a public deficit, to be overcome by information and persuasion. Such concerns are rooted in the experience of the road of today, and uncertainty as to how CAVs can share the road with ¡®us¡¯, today¡¯s drivers.
To fulfil their promise CAVs do need to drive better than, i.e.differently from, human drivers. Road infrastructure and traffic regulation will all require adaptation, in turn demanding adaptation by, and probably placing restrictions on, human drivers. Demonising such drivers as unsafe, and analysing them as uneconomic, is unlikely to elicit their co-operation or their support for the technology.
Recently a key focus of AV human factors research was on the transitions required by Level 3 automation, but many have concluded such transitions are too difficult. Going forward the transition from a fully human driven fleet to a mixed fleet becomes the challenge. Focussed on the distant future, those pushing for rapid deployment of CAV technology may struggle to negotiate the obstacles immediately in front of them. They need ¡®our¡¯ collaboration.
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Subject: [UTSG] Calling social scientists interested in self-driving cars
On 30th April, UCL and the Transport Systems Catapult will be holding an event in London entitled "Self-driving cars - developing the social-science research agenda".
We hope to have a broad range of social-science disciplines represented at this highly participatory event. Also present will be policy makers and research funders. Please see the foot of this e-mail for further details.
The capacity of the venue is limited and we want to achieve a balance of disciplines so we are carrying out a "light-touch" screening process, as follows.
If you are keen to attend, please reply to this e-mail by 9am (UK time) on Monday 26th March, with the following information:
¡¤ Your social-science discipline (as you choose to define it!)
¡¤ A position statement on self-driving vehicles of between 100 and 200 words
We aim to respond to all by Thursday 29th March.
Thanks in advance for your interest.
Tom Cohen PhD ¦¢ Senior Fellow (Research and Teaching)
Centre for Transport Studies
University College London
London WC1E 6BT
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Self-driving cars - developing the social-science research agenda
Workshop, UCL, central London, 30th April 2018
Provisional timings: 10:30 to 17:00 including lunch and followed by drinks
This workshop is motivated by the fact that social science has up to now been under-represented in the literature on self-driving cars, automated vehicles, etc (Cavoli et al., 2017). This despite the certainty that widespread adoption of this technology would have profound societal implications. The workshop is intended to support the growth in policy-relevant research by social scientists on the topic by helping to articulate and seek agreement on the most pressing research questions.
Cavoli, C. et al. (2017) Social and behavioural questions associated with Automated Vehicles. A Literature Review. London: Department for Transport. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/578943/social-and-behavioural-questions-associated-with-automated-vehicles-literature-review.pdf.