This report summarizes presentations, discussion, and outcomes from a stakeholder forum on the impact of 21st-century automotive technologies on drivers.
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On Nov. 7 and 8, 2017, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah hosted a forum to discuss and identify future research needs on the impact of vehicle technologies and automation for drivers and other transportation users. The event was attended by academics, automobile manufacturers and industry representatives, government agencies, advocacy groups and other research organizations. The forum was co-sponsored by AAA Public Affairs, the University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator and the Transportation Research Board.
The main objectives of this forum were to: (a) gather representatives/experts from the research community, government, and industry to discuss and identify research needs/direction on the impact of vehicle technologies and automation for drivers and other transportation users, (b) develop a living document of research needs and share it with other stakeholders to improve coordination and encourage collaboration, (c) identify organizations that are willing to “adopt” and make future resource commitments in one or more research areas, and (d) make connections and work together to help shape the future of vehicle technologies.
On Day 1, two expert panels were convened to discuss a variety of topics related to vehicle technology and automation and users. Each panel was followed by an extended question-and-answer period. On Day 2, all attendees engaged in small breakout group discussions and presentations aimed at identifying the most pressing research needs as well as potential approaches and barriers. The panel presentations and discussions, breakout group exercise, and outcomes are described in the full report.