The Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)

CARSP Webinar Series

Date(s) - January 18, 2022
12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST


In 2020, the European Commission published recommendations from an expert group (of which I was a member) on the ethics of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). One of the recommendations considered whether and how CAVs should be allowed to break the rules of the roads in the interests of safety. Further work explored expectations around the behaviour of CAVs in relation to rule compliance and how to resolve the challenge of enabling CAVs to show discretion in the way human drivers (sometimes) do. My presentation describes this work setting up discussion on how regulators should engage with CAV developers to optimise CAV behaviour.


Nick Reed

Nick Reed

Prof. Nick Reed has worked consistently at the cutting edge of transportation research, initially researching driver behaviour and subsequently leading connected and automated vehicle projects in the UK to the value of more than £50m. Nick was Academy Director at TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) before becoming Head of Mobility R&D at Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier. He has since founded Reed Mobility – an independent expert consultancy on future mobility working across public, private and academic sectors to deliver transport systems that are safe, clean, efficient, ethical and equitable and including projects for the European Commission, DfT, TfL, BSI and RSSB. In November 2021, he was appointed as the first ever Chief Road Safety Advisor to National Highways, providing review and challenge to the organisation in its aim to deliver zero harm on the strategic road network by 2040.