Automated Driving On-line College tour: spatial and transport impacts and meaningful human control

Due to the circumstances of COVID-19, it is no longer possible to host the final open event at Connekt as was planned originally. But, no worries! Instead, STAD and MHC organize an On-line College tour, such that we can still look back and forward on what we learned and what we can do with the knowledge we obtained during the last 4 years.

In this On-line College tours the researchers will share the results of their 4 years of work in STAD and MHC, we will close all sessions with a panel discussion. The following sessions will be organized:

Webinar 1: Opening and keynote – 10th of June (15.00 – 17.00)

Opening of the college tour by:

  • Bart van Arem – 4 years of STAD
  • Filippo Santoni De Sio – Meaningful human control
  • Keynote by Jane Lappin – Societal and Safety Implications of Highly Automated Vehicles

Webinar 2: Infrastructure – 18th of June (15.00 – 16.30)

This session will be on the topic “Infrastructure”, Bahman Madadi, Jeroen van der Gun and Bachtijar Ashari will share their work on infrastructure service networks, which networks can facilitate automated driving? (Bahman) And impact modelling for automated driving, what kind of impact can we expect on the modal shift, on the traffic jams and on our future accessibility? (Jeroen and Bachtijar)

Webinar 3: Mobility – 25th of June (15.00 – 16.30)

This session will be on the topic “Mobility”, Baiba Pudane, Giulio Mecacci and Francis Östermeijer will share their work on travel and location choice behavior, when cars are driving themselves, how will this impact our activity patterns? (Baiba) Ethical and philosophical insights on the notion of meaningful human control applied to automated driving systems (Giulio) and impact of automated driving on spatial structures and economy (Francis).

Webinar 4: Freight/Platoon – 27th of August (15.00 – 16.30)

This session will be on the topic “Freight and platoons”, Anirudh Kishore Bhoopalam and Simeon Calvert will share their work on the application of automated driving systems in the freight and logistics sector such as platooning (Anirudh) and the impact of automated driving on the road network (Simeon).

Webinar 5: Behaviour10th of September (15.00 – 16.30)

This last session will be on the topic “behavior”, Pablo Nunez Velasco, Daniel Heikoop and Reanne Boersma will share their work on people’s behavior when encountering automated vehicles and how this influences urban design and traffic safety (Pablo). How we can have the driver of an automated vehicle maintain proper control of the vehicle, from a human-oriented perspective (Daniel). Finally the work of Reanne Boersma on what we learned from different pilots and demonstrations of automated driving.

You can sign up for one, several, or all of the online webinars. Subscription for the webinars is free. A link to participate in the webinar will be sent after sign-up and before the start of the webinar. More information on the sessions will be shared for each session soon.

We hope to see you online!


The Spatial and Transport Impacts of Automated Driving, or STAD, is a joint research project about the implications of the future of accessibility and spatial development of mobility with respect to autonomous driving technologies.


Meaningful Human Control, or MHC aims to develop a new theory of meaningful human control for automated driving systems. This notion of control is meant to aid the transition from human driving to automated driving, and promote safety and a clear attribution of responsibility in case of traffic accidents. Starting from this theory, the research team will formulate ethical and technical recommendations for the different stakeholders involved with the design, development and regulation of such autonomous systems.