In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, I have a brilliant chat with Michael Milford, a Professor of Robotics at Queensland University of Technology. You may remember Michael from an earlier episode, way back in Episode 22 when we were still called the Smart City Podcast, which was actually over 18 months ago now. So I wanted to have him back on the show to share what’s changed in the AV space in that time, and he’s the perfect guest to kick off our Mobility March series.
In this episode, Michael and I discuss some of the projects he’s been working on to do with infrastructure and road readiness for driverless cars, and the key problems with automating driving in complex urban environments versus highway driving. He tells us about the use of high resolution maps of the environment for the functioning of AVs, and how Cooperative Vehicles and Connected Vulnerable Road User fit into this space/framework.
We talk about the technology development in the driverless cars space that Michael has seen both overseas and in Australia, and the maturing of the AV dialogue in the Australian context, including how Australia is embracing research and development of the off-road AVs, such as in mining, agriculture, and defence.
Michael and I also cover the different types of data that underpin and spin off from autonomous vehicle technology, the ongoing conversation around ethics of automation, and the emerging trends we need to talk about more such as the implications of AVs intersecting with public transport and ride sharing.
As always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!
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