How ready are autonomous vehicles for the road?
Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology represents a major disruptive innovation for the automotive industry. Futurologists widely expect AVs to revolutionize land transportation. However, developing an AV from concept to reality involves technical risk assessments, uncertainties, and socio-technical considerations. Neither a technology demonstration of a prototype vehicle, nor the accumulation of autonomous driving miles on the road can definitively prove the readiness of the technology for full-scale development. Beyond building reliable AVs, we also need to wrestle with issues of public acceptance, government regulations, and implementation of suitable infrastructure.
About the speaker
Huiling is a Programme Manager in the Networked Systems Programme Centre at the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). She recently graduated from the MIT System Design and Management program, with a MSc degree in Engineering and Management, under the DSTA Postgraduate Scholarship. In her thesis under the guidance of Professor Richard de Neufville, she assessed the technology readiness of the enablers for autonomous driving, examined the socio-technical considerations and uncertainties, and discussed the policy implications associated with implementation of autonomous vehicles in Singapore.