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Connected/Autonomous Vehicles and Active Transportation


Webinar Description
Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) have the potential to improve multi-modal safety as well as expand vehicle access across user groups. However, they could also introduce new safety and security risks and perpetuate equity concerns.
This webinar will examine a number of topics related to CAVs and their interactions with people walking and bicycling. It will begin by presenting the Discussion Guide for Automated and Connected Vehicles, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists published by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. This guide provides an overview for how to think about active transportation as CAVs become more prevalent.
The webinar will also summarize the main safety benefits and risks related to the CAV-active transportation interface and present multimodal safety and street design strategies that will be increasingly important in a CAV future.
Finally, the webinar will delve into a study by human-computer interaction researchers about pedestrians’ impressions of Uber CAVs. The presentation will feature insights from interviews with pedestrians at public roads and intersections in Pittsburgh.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the variety of issues that must be considered when planning and designing for CAVs and active transportation
  • Learn the main safety benefits and risks related to the CAV-active transportation interface
  • Identify which multimodal safety and street design strategies are more or less relevant today compared to in a CAV future
  • Articulate what is known about the concerns and desires of pedestrians sharing roads with autonomous vehicles
  • Be able to describe what constitutes public “awareness of AVs” and why this is an important factor for designers, manufacturers, and regulators of autonomous vehicles


  • Eleanor Leshner, Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers, San Francisco, CA

    Eleanor Leshner conducts original research to better assist clients in preparing for an AV future as Fehr & Peers’ Autonomous Vehicle Policy Lead. Her diverse experiences in active transportation planning, multimodal safety, and AV preparedness has helped her to develop a multi-faceted understanding of both the technical aspects and policy implications of her work around the AV/active transportation interface. She is dedicated to making an impact, helping communities tackle complex challenges, and contributing to the ever-changing public realm.

  • Samantha Reig, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

    Samantha Reig is a PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. With a background in psychology and information science, she researches topics in the domains of human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, and technology use in groups and teams. Her recent work has focused on deceptive interactions with embodied agents; designing for multi-robot, multi-device interactions; and pedestrian-AV communication.

  • Laura Sandt, PhD., Director, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Chapel Hill, SC

    Laura Sandt, PhD is a senior research associate at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. There, she serves as director of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and also the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety. She has a doctorate in epidemiology and her work centers around developing and evaluating public health and systems-oriented approaches to transportation safety, with an emphasis on vulnerable road users.

June 20, 2019
Thu 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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