CIED submit evidence on driverless technology

Driverless car

Driverless car The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand team have provided driverless vehicle technology feedback to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee.

Dr Debbie Hopkins, Professor Tim Schwanen and Professor Benjamin Sovacool answered the call from the committee for research evidence on ‘connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology’ also referred to as driverless vehicles. 

The researchers argued that while there is tremendous potential for CAV technology to transform transport in positive ways, the government must also acknowledge the health, environmental and social equity implications more fully.

The submission also noted that while there was a strong committee focus on the supply side of the issue i.e. the details and benefits of manufacturing the vehicles, there was not enough attention given to the user side. In keeping with the CIED centre’s work the evidence focusses on the social aspects of introducing driverless technology and calls for the committee to examine the practicalities of introducing the vehicles into everyday life.


Read the full document on the Parliament website.

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