Unlocking the Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being developed rapidly, with extensive ongoing testing on public roads, and are already in limited commercial use. This complimentary/no credit webinar will introduce SAFE, an energy advocacy organization playing a leading role in the national debate on autonomous vehicles, explain the status of AV technology and its potential benefits to safety, energy, and enhanced mobility for under served populations. The webinar will conclude by introducing and explaining the role of the SAFE-sponsored Commission on AV Testing and Safety in recommending actions to enhance the safety and public acceptance of AVs.

Learning Objectives:

After viewing this presentation attendees will:

1)         Understand the current state of autonomous vehicles

2)         Understand the major impacts autonomous vehicles may have on society

3)         Learn about the role of SAFE and its AV Safety Commission

Amitai Bin-Nun, Ph.D

Director of the Autonomous Vehicle Initiative at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE)

Amitai Bin-Nun, Ph.D., is the Director of the Autonomous Vehicle Initiative at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). Amitai is a former Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, and worked in the private sector on KPMG Strategy’s innovation team. Amitai also served as an energy and technology policy fellow in the office of Senator Chris Coons and as a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Amitai earned a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Pennsylvania, where his thesis explored using black holes as a window into extra dimensions.

Leslie Hayward

Vice President, Content and Communication Strategy SAFE

Leslie Hayward leads SAFE’s communications team in addition to serving as Managing Editor of The Fuse, SAFE’s independent news and analysis platform (www.energyfuse.org). She has worked for SAFE since 2011 as a researcher, policy analyst, and manager of online content and strategy. Prior to joining SAFE, Leslie spent two years in Poland, where she worked as both a freelance language consultant and a teacher at the International American School of Warsaw. Her experience also includes internships in the Massachusetts Governor’s office, and an environmental non-profit organization. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science from Tufts University, double majoring in international relations and environmental science.

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