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Democratising Driverless Futures: Five Lessons for Public Dialogue on AVs

Authors : Jack Stilgoe, Nicole Badstuber

Published in: Road Vehicle Automation 7

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Self-driving cars (automated vehicles or AVs) are no longer just a laboratory experiment. In some parts of the world, prototypes are starting to appear on public roads. The thoughts of developers have understandably turned to their relationship with the members of the public who could become the users of the technology, stakeholders in its development or interested bystanders. The people involved in innovation are likely to have confidence in their technology and emphasise its potential benefits and its safety. Members of the public may see things very differently. With past technologies, the tendency has been to reject the views of members of the public as ill-informed or seek to change public attitudes. The evidence from previous controversies is that just talking without listening represents a bad approach. There is a need for ongoing public dialogue, not just top-down salesmanship. This is particularly important when a technology is being developed, as AVs are, not just in private laboratories, but in public.

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Footnotes
1
The social research on public attitudes to GM crops is wide-ranging, but an important early example is (Grove-White et al. 1997). A summary of insights from public dialogue on GM is in this report: https://​sciencewise.​org.​uk/​wp-content/​uploads/​2018/​12/​Talking-about-GM-published.​pdf.
 
2
These principles and other conclusions are in the CAV public acceptability dialogue Engagement report, Sciencewise, 24 July 2019, available here: https://​assets.​publishing.​service.​gov.​uk/​government/​uploads/​system/​uploads/​attachment_​data/​file/​837958/​cav-public-acceptability-dialogue-engagement-report.​pdf.
 
3
CAV Public Acceptability Dialogue – Video of workshop participants, 7 Feb 2020, https://​www.​youtube.​com/​watch?​v=​_​BKm0o16ofA.
 
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Metadata
Title
Democratising Driverless Futures: Five Lessons for Public Dialogue on AVs
Authors
Jack Stilgoe
Nicole Badstuber
Copyright Year
2020
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-52840-9_9

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