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Profile: Shane Gilroy


Shane Gilroy is co-founder and coordinator of the world’s first online Masters of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Programme. Shane is a former Electronics Design Engineer for the driver assistance systems and automated driving sector and is now a Lecturer at the Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland. He is committed to the education and upskilling of multidisciplinary engineers to provide the skills required to design the next generation of automotive technology.

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

The primary barriers to the public acceptance of automated vehicles are the current level of public awareness and the current widespread unfamiliarity with this new type of transportation. Increased visibility of automated vehicles in controlled environments and communication of the high-level concepts involved in these systems through initiatives such as PAVE will provide reassurance and increase the rate of public acceptance of connected and autonomous vehicles.

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.