Experts weigh in on the future of autonomous vehicles

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

An expert panel that features a Waterloo Engineering professor released its report today on the potential impact and key issues surrounding connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE) vehicles.

Convened in the summer of 2019 by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), the panel stressed there are pressing decisions required to achieve potential benefits from CASE vehicles including economic growth and cleaner, safer, more accessible transportation.

Kryzsztof Czarnecki

Krzysztof Czarnecki is a professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Krzysztof Czarnecki, an electrical and computer engineering professor who is co-lead of an autonomous vehicle pilot project at Waterloo, joined 12 other experts from the fields of engineering, industry, economics, environment, health, public safety, sociology and ethics on the panel.

Its report, Choosing Canada’s Automotive Future, identifies potential impacts of CASE vehicles on numerous sectors.

“While the appearance of autonomous vehicles on public roads in Canada may seem inevitable, there’s still uncertainty about the timing of their arrival and their widespread adoption and acceptance,” Eric Meslin, the president and CEO of the CCA, said in a media release.

The CCA is a not-for-profit organization that undertakes independent, evidence-based expert panel assessments to inform public policy development in Canada. The panel was convened at the request of the federal government.