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WITS International Women in Engineering Day Debate Webinar

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

International Women in Engineering Day international panel debate CAV: evolution or revolution?

Women in ITS (UK) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) invite you to join the debate via webinar at 12pm GMT on June 20th.

Each speaker will get 12 minutes to present their case for one side or the other, followed by a facilitated panel session with questions via chat from online participants. The webinar will be recorded and made available after the event.

We invite expressions of interest from an international ineup of women, to participate in this debate as part of International Womenin Engineering Day 2018.

Please see the agenda here.


There are essentially two schools of thought to developing CAVs– constantly iterating the Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) to make cars safer and more automated, or by taking a driverless vehicle as the starting position for a vehicle and designing it as such from scratch.

Evolution or revolution? Which will provide the safest and most desirable option first? What factors will be most important in influencing the development and uptake of driverless cars across the world, and where will they become mainstream first? What infrastructure – virtual or physical – needs to be in place to enable this and what technologies will play the greatest parts in delivering driverless cars?

Driverless Cars: Evolution vs Revolution?

As part of International Women in Engineering Day 2018, KTN is working with ITS (UK)’s Women in ITS (WITS) Group to deliver an exciting debate on the development of driverless cars.

Love them or hate them, the race is on to develop Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) (aka driverless cars).

If the proponents of driverless cars are to be believed, they are a panacea and will

  • reduce the number of accidents on the roads;
  • decrease congestion;
  • free up urban space from parking;
  • liberate the old, the young and the less-able-to-drive;
  • take the drudge out of commuting