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  Choices and Challenges: Self-driving cars in the New River Valley  

This forum is open to the public at no charge.
Date: April 4th 2019
Time: 1 pm 9 pm
Venue: The Inn at Virginia Tech

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This event seeks to explore the choices we still face and the challenges raised by the potential presence of self-driving cars on our roads and in our lives. While most thinking about and planning for self-driving cars has focused on urban environments, the New River Valleys mixture of small town and rural communities offers a unique opportunity for exploring a range of questions. Will these vehicles interfere with our privacy? Are they safe, for passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others? Will they undermine existing public transportation options, or expand public transportation into new communities? Will they increase or decrease transportation accessibility for poor communities, the elderly, and the disabled? Will they shift patterns of vehicle ownership? Will they improve traffic or create new problems? Will they require new regulations, and if so, by whom and of what sort? Are they ultimately good or bad for our environment, our communities, and our personal lives? Our Choices and Challenges forum will bring together internationally-recognized experts and the public to discuss these and other important questions.

The Choices and Challenges project
Co-directors Saul Halfon, Lee Vinsel
Project committee members: Tracy McElroy, Miguel Perez, Wenwen Zhang
Research associate Marcia Davitt, Kuan-Hung Lo

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Department of Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area (IIHCC DA)
Integrated Security Destination Area
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Policy Strategic Growth Area
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Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech
Sponsor: Department of Science, Technology, and Society
Contact: Kuan-Hung Lo
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