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What Can We Learn from Fatal Automated Vehicle Crashes? A Closer Look at Crash Narratives in Media
Text mining tools allow for a deep dive into the language used in fatal crash narratives. This session explores key crash details that emerge from analyzing a unique dataset of news articles discussing fatal collisions involving one or more automated vehicles. The media dataset also provides insights into the survivability of the driver as a function of the crash details presented. The presentation will provide insights into the importance of analyzing narratives in media that shape public opinions about automated vehicle safety. Continued monitoring and analysis of automated vehicle crashes can help to inform future research and adoption of automated vehicles.

Presenter: Meredith King, Graduate Research Assistant – Transportation Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mar 22, 2023 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meredith King
Graduate Research Assistant – Transportation Engineering @The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Meredith King is a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), pursuing a Master of Science in Transportation Engineering. Meredith received her bachelor’s degree from UTK in the spring of 2022, graduating summa cum laude from the Chancellor’s Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In addition to her engineering studies, Meredith minored in clarinet performance. She currently works in Dr. Asad Khattak’s transportation lab, researching automated vehicle crashes and assisting with projects for the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS). She is currently serving as the vice president of the UTK chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and president of the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS). She plans to pursue a career as a traffic engineer with Arcadis after graduating with her master’s degree in the spring of 2023.