How prepared is Ireland for the next wave of motoring technology, such as self-driving cars? What are the social, legal and regulatory challenges and is Ireland giving enough time and thought to them? These questions and more will be answered when AA Ireland host a major conference highlighting that the face of mobility will change rapidly in the coming years.

The AA CarTech conference will be held in Dublin Castle on October 5th, 2018, and will feature a number of national and internationally renowned experts from companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, TomTom, Cartell.ie and more. Among the topics for discussion on the day will be an assessment of how prepared Ireland’s current infrastructure is for the shift away from fossil-fuel powered cars, as well as a workshop on the issue of accident liability and insurance as self-driving cars become more mainstream.

“We are living in one of the most exciting times in the history of motoring. It is a technology that hasn’t changed fundamentally from the time of Henry Ford to the present day but it is now about to change utterly.” Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated. “We simply are not ready. We haven’t done enough preparation or given it enough thought. Very quickly now we will see non-polluting, self-driving cars become the norm. While these changes hold great promise for the environment and for safety, they also present a number of logistical and ethical issues which our conference will seek to highlight and address.”

“The most basic of these is how capable our current infrastructure is of supporting the anticipated growth of electric cars but the discussion extends into more abstract areas as well, such as who is at fault if a self-driving car is involved in a crash. We need to answer these questions now if Ireland is to avoid falling behind the rest of the world as technology advances.” 

Tickets for the AA CarTech Conference, supported by 3XE Digital, are available from €295 with a full speaker line-up and agenda available at www.aacartech.com or call Adrian Hopkins at 01 2811111, 087 6811830 or [email protected]

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