How are the automotive industry, the scientific community and the public sector working together to make us safer drivers?
The 2014 NEMPA/MIT Technology Conference—the fourth in our annual series of discussions of leading-edge automotive issues by panels of experts—will take place on Thursday, May 29, at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The topic will be:
Technology now can sense a potential collision and enable a vehicle to take corrective braking and steering action automatically. Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications will soon change how traffic flows, to reduce bottlenecks and improve safety and fuel efficiency. Self-guiding autonomous vehicles are on the horizon. As a result, drivers are becoming less attentive than ever—while on-board infotainment provides more distractions. At the same time, the driving population is aging as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials put off driving altogether.
How will we adapt to these new safety and interface technologies, and the cognitive demands associated with them? What will be the impact on car prices? On safety and insurance regulations? How are the auto industry, the scientific community and the public sector working together to make us safer drivers?
Conference tickets are now available online here. Special room rates ($309 per night, good for May 28 and 29) are available at the Boston Marriott Cambridge; use this reservation link by May 7. Please note that, as usual, NEMPA’s annual general meeting and awards dinner will take place that evening, after the tech conference. Much more information to come, but in the meantime, please reserve your space and your rooms!