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Join us for PAVE’s weekly virtual panels!

PAVE’s virtual panels assemble prominent voices in the automated vehicle space to discuss all aspects of the technology and its potential societal effects. Join the conversation every Wednesday at 2pm ET/11am PT.  Registration is free and open to the public and can be found here.

Recordings of all panels can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.


Panel topics include:

How Do Automated Vehicles See The World?

Our first panel brought together PAVE members Perceptive Automata, INRIX, and Velodyne Lidar to discuss the different methods AVs use to perceive the world around them.

What Impact Will AVs Have On Our Transportation?

Our second panel featured PAVE members Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Penske Transportation Solutions, and Toyota Motor North America discussing possible transportation-wide impacts of AV technology.

Understanding the AV Perception Challenge

PAVE released the results of a new poll on public perceptions of AVs on May 19, providing plenty of fodder for our third virtual panel, featuring PAVE Co-Chair Kelly Nantel of the National Safety Council along with PAVE members United Spinal Association and Voyage.

Engaging Stakeholders, Building Trust

Our fourth panel featured PAVE members Cruise, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the National Federation of the Blind. Additionally, SF New Deal — an organization that provides financial assistance and food to those in need — joined the panel to discuss their recent partnership with Cruise to deliver meals using AVs.

#AVAnswers: Experts Take On Your Biggest AV Questions

Having pioneered AV technology in the DARPA challenges and run the nation’s top auto safety agency, Chris Urmson of Aurora and Mark Rosekind of Zoox have the experience to provide the most authoritative answers you can find on AVs.

Autonomous Logistics: Quietly Changing How Things Move

Join Autofleet, Nuro, and Ike for a conversation about how and why logistics are quietly emerging as some of the most promising applications of autonomous drive technology, as well as the long-term potential for AVs to transform how global supply chains operate.

The View From The Rider’s Seat: Insights From Early AV Customer Experiences

Lyft, Aptiv, and Dataspeed lead a conversation on how experiencing a ride in an AV can help people build trust and understanding of the technology.

Behind the Byline: Journalists on the Automated Vehicle Beat

This hour-long panel with three prominent journalists discusses everything from nomenclature to editorial focus, taking you inside the perspectives and decisions that shape the news about AVs.

Securing Automated Vehicles Against Cyber Threats

Panelists from BlackBerry, STEER, and Johns Hopkins University provided an introduction to what realistic threats to automated vehicles are, what might motivate them, and where these threats will focus.

What Does Safety Actually Mean?

To help cast light on what safety really means in the development of driving automation systems, we asked some of the most experienced experts in the space from Intel, Munich Reinsurance, and the Toyota Research Institute to explain how they quantify safety, anticipate and address potential safety shortfalls, and create confidence in the safety of their systems.

Let’s Talk Testing: How to Safely and Effectively Test AVs

One of the least-understood and therefore potentially most-worrying aspects of automated vehicle development is the question of testing: without much information to go on, the idea that unfinished driving automation systems are sharing the road can be scary to everyday drivers. We spoke with experts from Torc Robotics, Cruise, and the Transportation Research Center on their approaches to testing, both on-road and off, to understand how companies test automated vehicles, what they are trying to learn in various forms of testing, what steps they take to ensure that the entire process is as safe as possible.

When Humans Meet Automation: What the Research Tells Us

Driving automation technology is a deeply complex field requiring profound technical knowledge, but it becomes even more complex in systems that require interaction between cutting edge technologies and the difficult-to-measure intricacies of human psychology. To help us start to understand this fascinating and challenging interdisciplinary meeting point, our twelfth panel turns to three members of our Academic Advisory Council for insight into the research that can help us make sense of the best practices in this area.

When Humans Meet Automation: ADAS and Nomenclature

Over 90% of new vehicles sold today have at least one advanced driver assistance technology, but there are often dozens of names used by different manufacturers to identify a single ADAS feature. In this panel, representatives from AAA, Consumer Reports, and the National Safety Council joined our virtual panel to discuss their nomenclature initiative and how it can help to improve safety on our roadways by reducing confusion and educating consumers about the benefits, limitations, and proper usage of these technologies.

When Humans Meet Automation: Managing Risk

Viewers should come away with a sense of what the data tell us about the safety opportunities and risks of driver assistance, some insight into specific risks like drowsy and distracted driving, and what we can expect from (and how we can prepare for) a world of near-ubiquitous Level 2 systems. Panelists include representatives from the Governors’ Highway Safety Association, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and Travelers.

How The Public Sector Is Preparing For Autonomous Vehicles

This week, PAVE announced our new Public Sector Advisory Council — a diverse group of city, state and regional entities that are working to prepare for the eventual arrival of autonomous vehicles.

Our panel featured two members of the council who discussed their experiences in planning for AVs, including the many challenges that governments must consider, the lessons learned from deployments, and advice they have for localities that aspire to host deployments of their own.

Demystifying SAE’s Levels of Automation

SAE International first published its system of six driving automation levels in 2014, and in the six years since it has become one of the most ubiquitous tools for discussing all forms of driving automation. But as approachable and widely-accepted as the SAE level system is, it is not immune to the confusion and misunderstandings that plague the entire driving automation space. In this panel, we explore the roots of the SAE level system and its original intended functions, while also clarifying some of the most common sources of confusion about it.

Why Maps Matter

Maps are one of the critical tools used to reduce the complexity of an AV’s task, enhancing safety and helping the technology come to market faster. In this week’s panel discussion with panelists from Carmera, INRIX, and the National League of Cities, we explored the unique ways in which AVs use maps, how maps are made, and how they achieve the accuracy and freshness that AVs require.

Incorporating AVs Into Liberal Arts Education

Last year, Patrick McGinty made what at first glance might seem like a bizarre choice: he decided to center his 100-level English seminar on automated vehicles. McGinty joined our weekly virtual discussion series to explain what he learned about AV education from the experience, and offer guidance on how liberal arts education can benefit from addressing this important topic.

Inspiring Future Generations of AV Stakeholders

Selika Josiah Talbott joins PAVE’s virtual discussion series to talk about her efforts to engage and educate the public, not just on the topic of AVs themselves but on the broader systems of law, politics, regulation and justice as well. By understanding AVs in their full social context, we become empowered to join a public conversation that will help make the autonomous future as broadly equitable as possible.

AV Education Meets the Public in Museums

The complexity of automated driving technology and its potential impacts on society make it a difficult subject to teach to more general audiences, particularly the younger people whose lives may be the most changed by it. Creating public education exhibits that cast light on this important topic present particular challenges. What do you focus on? How do you communicate such a complex topic in an approachable way? And possibly most important, how do you make the topic engaging to as many people as possible? Our guests in this week’s panel have tackled all these questions and more.

Empowering Consumers to Rise to the Automation Challenge

As the level and ubiquity of driving automation in new cars rise with every new model year, the need for improved consumer education becomes increasingly pressing. In this week’s discussion, we bring together researchers leading the charge to understand how driving automation is perceived and used with experts in educational communication.

Protecting Pedestrians: How Driver Assistance Can Help

As National Pedestrian Safety Month kicks off in October, we’re excited to announce our first virtual panel taking a look at pedestrian safety and automated vehicles. Join us as we bring together experts in pedestrian advocacy, automotive research, and infrared cameras to discuss this important topic.

Autonomous Vehicles and the Long Road to Eliminating Pedestrian Deaths

Having examined how ADAS could help prevent pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths, our second discussion for Pedestrian Safety Month turned to fully autonomous vehicles and how they are working to make vulnerable road user deaths a thing of the past. We looked at why pedestrians and cyclists present a particular challenge to autonomous vehicles, how developers are drawing on everything from behavioral psychology to video games to detect and predict their movements, and where they can make the biggest impact.

Going the Extra Mile for Pedestrian Safety

Our latest panel discussed how autonomous drive systems perceive pedestrians and cyclists, discern their intentions, predict their future motion and plan safe driving policy. For this panel, we looked beyond the driving stack to understand the other ways in which AVs can go the extra mile to reduce VRU injuries and deaths by incorporating additional safety layers, including vehicle design, passive safety measures, connected vehicle technology and more.

How First Responders Are Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

To operate in the real world, autonomous vehicles have to do so much more than just drive. One particularly complex and dynamic interaction that AVs must navigate is when encountering police and first responders. Check out this conversation to find out how police, firefighters and paramedics are preparing to protect and serve in the autonomous future.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Ensuring Safe AV Road Testing

Testing on public roads is a critical tool for AV developers; real world experience is a crucial way to ensure that vehicles can safely navigate all situations. However, public road testing comes with a profound responsibility to ensure that public safety is never compromised. This PAVE virtual discussion looks at the risks that are involved in public road testing, as well as the practices and protocols that AV developers use to keep those risks to an absolute minimum.

Autonowashing: Why Words Matter

Concerned that misleading marketing terms can cause over-reliance on automated technology — and contribute to unsafe use of the technology — Liza Dixon coined the term Autonowashing to describe this phenomenon.

Liza joins our weekly virtual discussion to explain what Autonowashing is, the risks it creates, and why it’s so important to resist.

Driverless, But Not Alone: The Public Sector Relationships That Make Waymo’s Deployment Possible

Waymo’s groundbreaking driverless AV deployment in Chandler, Arizona is a modern marvel of technology, but achieving it has taken more than sensors and software. Collaboration with the public sector, from the state to the city level, was a critical piece of the puzzle as well. In this week’s PAVE virtual discussion, Waymo’s Global Head of Public Policy Michelle Peacock is joined by Arizona DOT’s Kevin Biesty and Chandler Police Department’s Chief Sean Duggan to share how they worked together to tackle the novel challenges of the driverless frontier, and what they learned along the way.

Meet the People of PAVE

PAVE is a coalition of more than 60 companies and nonprofits who have all joined together to engage with the public in a conversation about the future of transportation — but behind the scenes, PAVE is a staff of just four people who believe deeply in the promise of AVs.

In this special holiday weekly panel, meet PAVE’s staff, find out where their passion for AVs comes from, and learn the history of the organization from the people who have made it happen.

The Road Ahead with Aicha Evans and Mark Rosekind

One company that saw huge changes in 2020 was Zoox — including its partnership with Amazon and the reveal of its bold new robotaxi at the end of the year — so we’ve asked two of Zoox’s top leaders, CEO Aicha Evans and Chief Safety Innovation Officer Mark Rosekind, to join us to discuss the lessons learned, the challenges and opportunities ahead, their new vehicle, and their strategy for making safe, affordable autonomous mobility a reality.

All AVs are Local: Michigan

For our second panel of 2021, we wanted to take a look at some of the enterprising projects that states are doing to help prepare them for the AV future.  Of the many examples to choose from (and we will have future conversations about those!), this conversation will profile Michigan.

Making the Case for Safety Cases

Autonomous drive technology is fundamentally safety technology, so it’s no surprise that a lot of questions PAVE gets about AVs revolve around safety. This virtual panel brings together Jack Weast of Intel and Mike Wagner of Edge Case Research to provide you with information on how companies define, measure, and demonstrate the safety of their vehicles.

AVs on Rural Roadways

Are there opportunities for AVs to improve transportation outside of cities? This PAVE panel focuses on this often-overlooked context for AVs, examining the mobility challenges facing rural populations and what AVs might be able to bring to the table.

Understanding AI Bias and How It Could Affect AVs

Drawing on lessons learned in fields like facial recognition and law enforcement, the AV sector has the opportunityand indeed the obligationto understand and address the important issue of AI bias before AVs hit the road in large numbers. This PAVE virtual panel will take that first step, looking at what AI bias is, where it comes from, how it could specifically affect AVs and what to do about it.