NEC Hosts “New England Innovates” Forum on Autonomous Vehicles

New England Innovates: Driving Forward with Autonomous Vehicles

On June 5, 2018, The New England Council presented “New England Innovates: Driving Forward with Autonomous Vehicles.”  Hosted by NEC member Nelson Mullins, the event was the third in the Council’s New England Innovates series, which was created to highlight how New England businesses and organizations are leading the way in the innovation economy.

The event featured keynote remarks from Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, who focused on the impact of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology on employment opportunities, public safety, and consumer privacy.  Following the Congressman’s remarks, a panel of NEC members discussed some of the challenges and opportunities associated with AV technology, as well as policy priorities related to the regulation of such technology.  The panel was moderated by Greg May, a partner at Nelson Mullins, and featured the following panelists:

  • Lloyd Albert – Senior Vice President, Public/Government Affairs, AAA Northeast
  • Justin Holmes – Director, Corporate Communications and Public Policy, Zipcar
  • Chris Lowell – Principal, Corporate Strategy & Research, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Charlene Stokes – Director of the Human-Machine Social Systems Lab, MITRE Corporation

The panel covered a wide range of issues, including liability factors, the ease of use of this technology, safety concerns, mobility for elderly and disabled populations, and infrastructure requirements.  Over 80 NEC members and guests attended the event.

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