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Harvard and NBC News Digital Webcast: Self-Driving Cars: Pros and Cons for the Public’s Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and NBC News Digital will jointly present a free, live

ForumHSPH.org webcast, “Self-Driving Cars: Pros and Cons for the Public’s Health,” Thursday, February 1, 2018 from noon to 1:00pm ET.  No longer the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars already are being tested in numerous U.S. markets. These autonomous vehicles may revolutionize the automotive world, removing human error from driving, reshaping transportation systems and transforming the country’s roadway infrastructure. In fact, existing technology such as collision avoidance systems and vehicle backup cameras represent steps towards a more automated future. Yet such progress also raises questions regarding regulations, ethics and safety management. In this Forum, experts will review current technology, realistic long-term plans, and the risks and benefits of a driverless future to the public. Expert participants will include Deborah Hersman, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Safety Council; John Leonard, Vice President for Driving Research, Toyota Research Institute; Peter Sweatman, Executive Advisor for the Connected and Automated Vehicle Business Unit, CAVita; and Jay Winsten, Frank Stanton Director of the Center for Health Communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Associate Dean for Health Communication. Moderator will be David Freeman, Editorial Director, NBC News MACH. Watch at ForumHSPH.org. E-mail questions for the expert participants any time before or during the live webcast to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu. Or Tweet them to@ForumHSPH

using #autonomousvehicles.  We also will stream live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Forumhsph/  We’ll also be conducting a live chat on The Forum’s  Self-Driving Cars web page. The Forum will accommodate as many questions as we can during a limited Q&A. If time does not allow for us to ask your question, we encourage you to continue the conversation by posting comments on our website at ForumHSPH.org.