International Driverless Vehicle Summit

Blend Creative graphic designer Jared Lloyd has taken part in the 3rd International Driverless Vehicles Summit held at the Adelaide Convention Centre last month.

Jared was part of a panel of experts discussing accessibility for people with disability and older people on day two of the summit.

Jared, who drives a standard automatic car using two feet, says if there was ever a reason why he couldn’t drive, then he would definitely consider using driverless vehicles when they eventually become available.

“I won’t say I wasn’t sceptical about driverless technology at first, but if driverless technology helps people with disability be more independent and live ordinary lives, then I am all for it,” he says.

Jared says he was honoured to be part of the panel. “Being up on stage made me feel a little nervous at first,” Jared says.

“Once I met everyone I was going to be on the panel with, I went from being nervous to thinking ‘I can do this’, all within about five seconds. It made me feel like a bit of a celebrity.”

Nearly 300 delegates from across Australia and further afield came to Adelaide for the summit to hear from some of the nation’s – and indeed the world’s – leading experts on autonomous vehicle technologies.

Summit highlights this year included the Australian debut of Matilda, as the world’s first interactive bus stop developed by SAGE Automation.

A visit by Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, was another highlight. The Deputy PM addressed delegates and took the opportunity to reinforce the Government’s commitment to advancing autonomous vehicle technologies and also experienced driverless vehicles first-hand.