Is 5G connectivity necessary for an autonomous future? Peggy explains that 5G is going to be something to watch, as solutions are developed leveraging its power and speed. Still, she asks: Is 5G here? It depends on your definition of here. If you’re saying 5G is here is that the hardware is here, then yes. She says we can potentially do a lot of things quickly, but we have to think about what we are doing and how we want to do it.
2 The Distracted Driving Epidemic
Peggy and Phil Renaud, executive director, The Risk Institute, talk about research related to the distracted-driving epidemic. He says we need to be more aware of our environment and that the approach to distracted driving can’t be one dimensional. Rather, it has to be multi-dimensional. We need both legislation and behavioral changes to address it. He also indicates that urban planning—and roundabouts—can reduce the crash severities.
3 Driving Insights
Peggy and Praveen Edara, professor of civil and environmental engineering, University of Missouri, discuss a recent research project that looks at naturalistic driving. He explains that we need behavior-counter measures to reduce distracted driving—especially in work zones. He says that while it is one of the biggest, cellphones are just one of many distractions that drivers experience.