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UT, AAA to host free, public seminar on cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles April 13

The University of Toledo College of Engineering and AAA Northwest Ohio are hosting the second in a series of free, public talks to educate consumers about how smart cars will impact the world.

The seminar focused on cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles is from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 13 in UT’s Nitschke Auditorium.

“We understand drivers have questions about the impact of artificial intelligence on transportation, and this is a great opportunity to talk about autonomous-vehicle technology and the work to prevent self-driving cars from being hacked,” said Dr. Jared Oluoch, UT assistant professor of computer science and engineering technology.

A new AAA survey conducted last month finds that safety and reliability of autonomous vehicle technology remains the top concerns of licensed Ohio drivers.

“In order for autonomous vehicles to operate alongside each other on the highway, they need to exchange data regularly with other vehicles and roadway infrastructure,” Edgar Avila, AAA spokesperson, said. “A clear majority – 65 percent – responded that they are very concerned about the security of the data sent to and from autonomous vehicles.”

Taylor Kia will have a 2018 Stinger on site that is equipped with forward collision avoidance; forward collision warning system; smart cruise control with stop and go; lane-keep assist system; lane-departure warning system; driver attention warning; high beam assist; blind-spot collision warning; rear cross-traffic collision warning; and auto-ran sensing windshield wipers.

Speakers include Jennifer Dukarski, attorney with Butzel Long in Ann Arbor who represents suppliers of autonomous vehicle technology, and Mike Krajecki, director of emerging technology risk consulting at KPMG in Chicago. Both speakers will participate in a panel discussion featuring UT engineering researchers and cybersecurity experts Oluoch and Dr. Ahmad Javaid.

The autonomous vehicle will be on display for students to view inside the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex in the Brady Engineering Innovation Center from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Register for the free, public seminar online at

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