Autonomous Vehicles: Fact Vs. Fiction

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 06:00 pm — Thursday, 21 March 2019, 07:00 pm

Autonomous Vehicle

Worldwide 1.35 million people are killed in car accidents annually, with the majority of accidents caused by driver error. Autonomous vehicle technology is developing at an incredibly fast rate and promises immense new levels of safety for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. But a major challenge is still driver inattention in relation to this new technology.
In this lecture, Professor Pammer explores the extraordinary potential, risks and benefits of autonomous vehicles.

About the speaker

Professor Kristen Pammer is the University of Newcastle’s Head of the School of Psychology. She is an expert in applied cognitive psychology and aspects of applied visual attention, such as attentional allocation in driving, reading and dyslexia. Her national and international research is related to these areas, specialising in magnetoencephalographic (MEG) brain imaging.

The lecture recording is now available to stream here on soundcloud.


The Newcastle Conservatorium


Thursday, 21 March 2019, 06:00 pm — Thursday, 21 March 2019, 07:00 pm


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