Tools and strategies for educating the public about autonomous vehicles

CARSP Webinar Series

Date(s) - February 28, 2022
12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST


The webinar will share information about new educational tools and initiatives in Canada. It will highlight the importance of public engagement regarding automated vehicle technology and discuss educational approaches to raise the level of public understanding of AVs in Canada. It will also share free educational resources with participants.

TIRF is a charitable road safety research institute that also works to translate knowledge to diverse professionals to facilitate the use of evidence-based practices to improve road safety. TIRF will present an overview of a new curriculum on autonomous vehicles it developed to help educate the public about important features of these vehicles and issues related to the availability and use of these vehicles. It can be shared by diverse stakeholders to educate their staff, members, and the public. It can be delivered through community colleges, advocacy groups, community-organizations and other mechanisms.

Partners for Automated Vehicle Education is a non-profit coalition whose mission is to raise the level of public knowledge of automated vehicle technology. With a generous grant from Transport Canada, they are launching PAVE Canada in 2022 to bring this conversation to the Canadian public. Their members believe AVs offer great potential, but are unlikely to reach that potential without an informed and engaged public. In this presentation, they will discuss current data regarding public sentiment of AVs, key topics which can be confusing, and ways stakeholders can engage with the public to increase knowledge of AVs.


Hannah Barrett

Hannah Barrett

Researcher & Program Coordinator, Traffic Injury Research Foundation

Hannah Barrett is a researcher and program coordinator at the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). She has a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph. Hannah’s research includes work on alcohol ignition interlocks, alcohol-impaired driving, safe rides, and wildlife-vehicle collisions. Hannah has been actively involved in TIRF’s technical assistance on alcohol ignition interlocks and impaired driving countermeasures through the cooperative agreement with NHTSA.

Tara Andringa

Tara Andringa

Executive Director, Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, Canada

Tara Andringa is the Executive Director of Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), a nonprofit coalition focused on engaging with the public about automated vehicles and their potential to improve the safety, mobility and sustainability of our transportation system. Ms. Andringa has led the group since its public launch in January 2019.

Ms. Andringa has more than 25 years of experience in communications, policy and coalition management. Prior to joining PAVE, Ms. Andringa spent two decades as a communications director in the United States Senate, managing public relations for a U.S. Senate office and several Senate committees, including the Senate Auto Caucus.

Ms. Andringa received her B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.