I’m not interested in what we can do with self-driving vehicles.
I’m interested in what we should do with them.
My work on Autonomous Vehicles focuses on how new technologies can best be used to improve cities and the quality of life for those who live in them. Using research methods from Science and Technology Studies, I identify problems autonomous vehicles can expect to encounter or create. I also discuss options to address those problems. Imagining the possibilities of a driverless future requires us to acknowledge the challenges and opportunities involved, and to make the important choices that will ensure we reach our goals.
My Areas of Research for Autonomous Vehicles
ScaleabilityWhat applications work for AVs? Which purposes, locations, clients, and circumstances can they serve best?
RoadblocksWhat obstacles currently exist in policy, economic, and practical constraints?
Networks RequiredWhat networks of people and infrastructure would be required for AV systems to operate successfully?
Unintended ConsequencesHow might misuse, dependence, inequality, or other problems result from AVs? How can they be avoided?
Competing InterestsWhich social, commercial, and political groups have interests in AV technology, and where do those interests align or conflict?
Choices and AlternativesWhat options do we have in adopting AVs, and when might we wish to seek the same benefits in other ways?
Does my research align with your needs?
If you are interested in working with me or learning more, I would love to hear from you.
Articles on Autonomous Vehicles
AVs are coming… but we don’t have to waitread more
Adding AVs versus taking away people’s cars: What we are likely to see in the coming years…read more
Though it can often seem like technology is speeding ahead and taking us along for the ride, in many ways our choices shape these new technologies as they are developed.read more
There’s a lot of buzz these days about Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), also known as “driverless” or “self-driving” cars. Here’s a quick introduction on what they are, and why everyone is so excited about them.read more
For government officials and municipal leaders, the challenges of accommodating the interests of both residents and businesses often involve factors of transportation.read more