Seminar series will talk about autonomous vehicles

AAA Kansas and Wichita State University are partnering to present ‘Technology Takes the Wheel®,’ an educational seminar series beginning this month.

“Earlier this year, 71% of people that we surveyed said that they were afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle,” said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. “AAA is taking the lead in terms of providing an education forum, just to let people know what’s coming up.”

The first seminar, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Wichita on Friday, August 30th.

“Autonomous vehicles will help us avoid some of the human errors that account for many of our vehicle crashes today,” said Steward. “An autonomous vehicle won’t drive distracted or drive at excessive speeds, which are two factors that play a big role in crashes today.”

Americans are receptive to the idea of automated vehicle technology in more limited applications, like people movers found at airports or theme parks.

“It will be awhile into the future before we actually have autonomous vehicles on the roadway,” said Steward. “We want people to understand how they’ll integrate into our transportation system and our communities. That’s why we’re working with Wichita State on educating.”

Transportation Transformation: An Overview of Autonomous Vehicles will be from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on the 30th at the WSU Tech National Center for Aviation Training at 4004 N. Webb Road in Wichita. There is no fee to attend. Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, go to