Autonomous vehicles are no longer science fiction. Traditional auto companies and new competitors like Uber and Google are preparing for a new generation of driverless vehicles and new ownership models. How do we define autonomous capability and what are the technological steps required to go from driver assistance to driverless?
Kirsten McKillop: National Transport Commission
Kirsten McKillop is a law reform expert and the Manager of Automated Vehicles at the National Transport Commission. She presents regularly to industry groups on the National Transport Commission's program to develop laws and regulations to support the introduction of automated vehicles into Australia. She works closely with her international colleagues to ensure a consistent approach across the globe, including representing the National Transport Commission at the United Nations Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP1) in Geneva. Her previous roles have included two major law reform references at the Victorian Law Reform Commission, and legal policy roles at Departments of Justice in New Zealand, Queensland and the Northern Territory. She has a PhD in comparative law from Monash University and is a Board Member of Total Recreation Inc., a not-for-profit organisation that provides sporting and recreational opportunities to people with disability.
Trent McNeil: Ford Motor Company Australia
Trent has spent the last two and a half years working as an electrical test engineer on Active Safety and ADAS systems for several Ford vehicle programs, before recently also taking on Design and Release responsibilities. Previously he worked on Hardware-in-the-loop testing with a simulated vehicle. Trent also mentors several engineering students, passing on his experiences with study, graduate employment and career development.
James Soo: VicRoads (Department of Transport)
James Soo has over 20 years of experience in the private automotive OEM sector with Ford Motor Company and GM Holden. He has managed and led global cross-functional teams across USA, Europe, China and Australia in-vehicle product development, vehicle safety, program management and strategic planning. With his industry knowledge, he led the delivery of key global vehicle projects ahead of time and under budget. James joined VicRoads in 2017 as the Manager – Vehicle and Motorcycling Policy within the Road User and Vehicle Access team. The team is responsible for translating the vision and strategic priorities of the organisation into policies that contribute towards road safety and future mobility outcomes. Part of the wider road safety initiatives and key reform projects, the team is responsible for vehicle safety standards, trials of connected and automated vehicles (‘self-driving vehicles) and the development of the regulatory framework for their use on the road network. James earned his Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) from RMIT University in 1998 and his Masters of Engineering (Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering) from the University of Michigan in 2009.
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