15th Nov, 2018

Warwick university holds Ideas Cafe to discuss driverless cars

Emily Fish 23rd Jun, 2017 Updated: 23rd Jun, 2017

THE UNIVERSITY of Warwick is inviting tech-whizzes for an informal chat about the future of cars.

Researchers from WMG’s Experimental Engineering Group are running a free event in the heart of the UK’s motor city to explore the public’s attitudes towards self-driving cars.

The event will take place next Friday (June 30) at Coventry Transport Museum and will give participants the opportunity to discuss whether they trust driverless technology and how they think it will affect communities and the environment.

Imagining a Driverless Future will be held in the form of an ‘Ideas Café’ – bringing people together to talk about issues relevant to them over tea and cake.

Dr Rebecca Cain of WMG’s Experiential Engineering Group said: “The potential of driverless car technology is really exciting, however with all new technology it is important to understand its impact on people and society.

“We hope that our Ideas Café will allow the public’s hopes, dreams and fears around driverless cars to inform our future research.

“Ultimately we want to be part of developing technology which will be accepted and make people’s lives better. To do this we need to have public conversations to bring a societal and human-centred perspective into our scientific research.”

The group aims to understand, design and optimise people’s experiences with current and future products, technology, environments and services through working at a user and community level.

The event will be co-hosted by Coventry University and Transport for West Midlands and will run between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

To register attendance visit www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/research/experiential_engineering/imaginingadriverlessfuture/questionnaire/

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