CIP Society Automated Vehicles Research Forum

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Date and Time: May 25, 2016 8 a.m. EST - 10 a.m. EST

Location: National Club , 303 Bay St, Toronto, ON


To coincide with the spring publication of the new report, Automated Vehicles: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada , the Forum will provide a 360 perspective on the evolution of vehicle automation and the impact it will have on road safety, the industry, society, and infrastructure in Canada.

More than 73 % of respondents to an Insurance Institute of Canada member survey believe that the introduction of self-driving vehicles will be difficult for the insurance industry.

Almost half (43 %) of respondents believe that the industry is not prepared for the expected change in the frequency and severity of collisions over the next 10 years.

The automation of vehicles will bring extensive changes for the industry. This report champions the road safety benefits of automated vehicles and raises many questions for the industry.

At this event, you will get a 360 perspective to some of these burning questions from a panel of subject matter experts:
Question: What is a semi-automated or self-driving vehicle? And when will driverless cars become available?
Panelist : Barrie Kirk, Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence

Question: Will traffic collisions, fatalities and injuries fall significantly? And when?
Panelist: Robyn Robertson, President and CEO, Traffic Injury Research Foundation

Question: Why does the big picture include public policy, sharing and transit?
Panelist: Bern Grush, Co-author of, which promotes accessible, public fleets of self-driving vehicles

Question: What are the implications for the insurance industry? And how will responsibility for traffic collisions be determined?
Panelist: Paul Kovacs, author of the report on behalf of the Insurance Institute

Below are the full bios for our group of panelists:

Paul Kovacs, author of the report on behalf of the Insurance Institute (ICLR & PACICC)
For more than 35 years Paul Kovacs has been a popular commentator on insurance, disaster safety and economic policy. He has written more than 200 publications and articles and he is a passionate champion for insurance, disaster resilience and adaptation to climate extremes. Paul has worked in private industry, the public sector and academia. He is a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's leading forum for the study of climate issues. He is Co-Chair of the Infrastructure and Housing Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform. He is Co-Chair of the Science and Technology Working Group of Canada’s Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. Paul is also a member of a number of Boards and Advisory Panels. He is a proud husband and father, with a growing collection of bow ties.

Barrie Kirk, Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre Of Excellence (CAVCOE)
Barrie is a well-known keynote speaker, broadcaster and consultant, and regularly speaks on the subject of automated vehicles. He has been a consultant since 1982, and his projects over the last few years have focused on autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, automotive infotainment, traveller information services, real-time traffic information, and vehicle use surveys. He received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from Coventry University, U.K. and is a Professional Engineer licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario.

Bern Grush, Co-author of, which promotes accessible, public fleets of self-driving vehicles
Bern is an innovator, speaker and author for autonomous vehicles, parking reform, road pricing and transportation demand management. He has developed patents and technologies for telemetrics for autonomous road tolling, self-paid parking, HOT tolling and usage-based insurance. His work with ISO standards included the innovation and launch of the charging-performance standard for autonomous road and parking tolling systems. Since 2004, Bern has published over 400 papers, articles, and blogs regarding road and parking pricing and autonomous vehicles. He co-authors to promote accessible, public fleets of self-driving vehicles. Bern holds degrees in Human Factors and Systems Design Engineering from the Universities of Toronto and Waterloo. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Robyn Robertson, President and CEO,Traffic Injury Research Foundation
Robyn Robertson is the President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, a charitable, independent, road safety research institute. During her 16 years in the research field, Robyn has published more than 100 reports and articles on a broad range of road safety issues with a focus on policy and program development and evaluation. She has delivered technical assistance for road safety programs in several countries and is the author or TIRF’s knowledge translation model. Robyn is well-versed in implementation strategies and operational practices across transportation, criminal justice and health systems, and is a member of or serves on several academic and professional Boards and committees.

If you are not in Ontario or unable to attend on this day you can still join the conversation at the June 23 live national webinar, where the foremost authorities on insurance and road safety will discuss vehicle automation's life-changing potential to reduce collisions and improve road safety. Register now!



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