Women in Autonomy to Present Virtual Panel on Equitable Transportation & Mobility

Women in Autonomy to Present Virtual Panel on Equitable Transportation & Mobility 16

This event has already taken place, but a recording of it is available here.


Women in Autonomy has announced its latest virtual panel discussion titled Autonomy’s Role in Equitable Mobility. The event, presented in partnership with Detroit Motor City: Self Driving Cars 101, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29th, 2021. The panel discussion is free and open for all to attend.

Key Talking Points

Autonomy’s Role in Equitable Mobility will examine how access to transportation impacts certain societal and socioeconomic outcomes, like employment and health. The panel discussion will also explore how our current transportation ecosystem fails to fully serve underrepresented sectors of society, including rural areas, communities of color, and people with disabilities. 

“While autonomous vehicles show promise in removing mobility barriers for many of these underrepresented communities, there is much work to be done to address specific challenges,” reads a statement from Women in Autonomy. “This session will discuss how we can address the topic of transportation equity, the state of accessible mobility, the challenges and opportunities in deploying equitable transportation solutions, novel deployments, and the actionable road ahead.” 

Expert Panel

Panelists for Autonomy’s Role in Equitable Mobility include:

  • Erin McCurry: Product Manager, Accessibility, May Mobility.
  • Dr. Shani Jayant: UX Research and Design Manager, Inclusive Mobility Initiative, Volkswagen Group of America.
  • ​​Myrna Peterson: Founder, Mobility Mania; Minnesota Governor’s Council for Connected & Automated Vehicles; Minnesota Council On Disability.

Tammy Meehan Russell, MBA/MIM, will serve as the moderator for the event. Russell is the Founder and Chief Catalyst of The PLUM Catalyst, a strategy and technical program management boutique DBE/TGB consulting firm.

About Women in Autonomy

Women in Autonomy is focused on the advancement of females in the automotive and auto-tech industries. The organization is open to all female executives, managers, engineers, policymakers, academics, and other automotive and tech experts. Women in Autonomy regularly hosts events (both in-person and virtual) where these and other professionals can address the challenges facing autonomous driving, automotive technology, and the industry in general.

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