JITI 2016 Self-Driving Vehicle Seminar
The Future of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology
May 18th, 2016
The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection
1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
In recent years, self-driving vehicle technology has become increasingly prominent in both Japan and the United States as part of an effort to develop practical applications for next-generation vehicles. In the coming years, urbanization is expected to increase, as are vehicles per capita. When considering the impact of the aging population, the applications of self-driving vehicle technology may help to reduce the number of traffic accidents, alleviate traffic congestion, and reduce the environmental burden of vehicles. The future direction of this technology has already become the center of attention in various sectors.
In fact, both Japanese and U.S. vehicle manufacturers aim to introduce self-driving vehicles to the roads by 2020. In both countries, demonstration projects have already been taking place on public highways.
The applications of self-driving vehicle technology require further technological advances, such as the development of sensors that can detect obstacles and motion, development of current GPS technology, and development of image-recognition technology as well as the operating systems of the cars. In addition, there are various structural concerns and regulatory issues including: addressing liability in the case of traffic accidents, creating a highway infrastructure that can support self-driving vehicle technology, and the need for rigorous public promotion to make self-driving vehicle technology widely available in the market.
This seminar called for a discussion among a distinguished group of self-driving vehicle technology experts from both the US and Japan regarding the future of practical applications, the potential impact on citizens and society, as well as the technical and legislative issues surrounding self-driving technology.
President , JITI, USA
Director, Washington Office, Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center (JASIC)
Program Manager, Vehicle Safety & Automation, US DOT ITS Joint Program Office
Director, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Toyota Motor North America Inc.
John P Capp
Director, Global Safety Strategy & Vehicle Programs, General Motors Global Product Development
Director, Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley
Bryant Walker Smith (moderator)
Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina