Virtual Driving Assessment Conference: July 21–23, 2021

The next International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design will be virtual due to COVID-19. Despite being virtual, Driving Assessment will continue to offer a specialty experience of focused research from professionals and from students—the next generation of transportation leaders.

Join us for a series of 90-minute meetings over three days featuring two keynote presentations and a student session.


Wednesday, July 21, 3 p.m. GMT (11 a.m. ET)

"Safety Assessment of the Waymo Driver"

This talk will discuss Waymo's approach to safety assessment of the Waymo Driver. Foremost, it will give an overview of three recent papers: framework for safe driving, road safety performance data, and the Waymo Driver's performance in simulated high severity fatal crashes. The safety framework paper describes how Waymo develops, evaluates, rolls out, and manages their vehicles in the real world. The road performance data paper describes every collision and minor contact experienced in Waymo's operations, and every simulated contact they predict would have happened if the operator had not disengaged automated driving. The third paper uses simulations of reconstructed fatal crashes to assess the Waymo Driver's performance in simulated high severity fatal crashes. Additionally, this keynote will discuss the identified research needs for driving assessment of autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Trent Victor
Director of Safety Research and Best Practices


Thursday, July 22, 3 p.m. GMT (11 a.m. ET)

"Automated vehicles and road safety: So what about ethics?"

In her presentation, Marieke will focus on a relatively new topic of AVs: Ethics. She will present part of the outcomes of the Expert Ethics Report written for the European Commission, and she will discuss questions such as: Is there more to ethics than the trolley problem? How do ethics relate to road safety? Are AVs allowed to break the traffic rules? Why will AI not automatically solve the ethics issues involved in automated vehicles? What are the new roles for operators, deployers, researchers, and developers, and who should be in the lead for defining what is safe? What about other ethical issues such as privacy, and how do they play a role? She will also identify some research needs.

Professor Marieke Martens
Automated Driving & Human Interaction Professor
Eindhoven University of Technology



Friday, July 23, 3 p.m. GMT (11 a.m. ET)
Honda Student Session on Gather
Students to share hybrid presentations and posters of their research.
Dedicated networking time for attendees to connect with students and colleagues
More student session information here


Regular registration - $125
Student registration - $75
More registration information

Thank you to our 2021 sponsor!


2022 event

Driving Assessment will return to our normal in-person programming at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington, in July 2022. More details coming soon!

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