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Profile: Dr. Jeffrey Michael

PAVE: Dr. Michael, tell us more about your research and interest in AVs.

I am excited about the potential for vehicle automation to expand mobility, particularly in historically marginalized communities. My research involves the potential social benefits of New Mobility systems, including access to health determinants such as nutritious food, medical care and employment opportunities.

PAVE: How does your work align with the mission of PAVE to educate the public on AV technology and its promise?

Our work at Johns Hopkins is focused on the potential for automated vehicles to contribute social value — to bring mobility to people who now face barriers due to cost or access.

PAVE: What are current barriers you see in public acceptance of automated vehicles?

I believe that public acceptance of automated vehicles will be enhanced by an understanding of their social value — their ability to deliver mobility where it was not previously feasible.

About the Academic Advisory Council: PAVE’s academic partners help to guide PAVE on its mission of promoting fact-based public discussion about automated vehicles. Council members serve in a strictly advisory capacity, providing PAVE and its members with opinions and recommendations related to AV technology and its societal effects.