Waymo and AAA to expand consumer education on self-driving technology
Waymo recently joined with AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The Foundation for Blind Children, The National Safety Council, and other like-minded organizations to launch "Let’s Talk Self-Driving." This campaign aims to educate people about how self-driving technology can save lives and make roads more inclusive by improving independence and creating new mobility options for everyone. Waymo and AAA say that organizations interested in becoming a part of the Let’s Talk Self-Driving campaign should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waymo hosted AAA School Safety Patrol members and students at its closed-course facility last month to show them fully self-driving cars in action. The participants learned how Waymo vehicles can see all around them and predict how other road users might behave so they can make safe driving decisions quickly. Students were also able to ride in Waymo vehicles to experience fully self-driving technology for themselves.
To mark the 100-year anniversary of the AAA School Safety Patrol program, AAA created a School Safety Lesson Plan as a free downloadable resource that grade school teachers can use. As part of that effort, AAA partnered with Waymo to develop a Lesson Plan module about self-driving cars that encourages students to think about ways to make driving safer and how autonomous vehicles can reduce unsafe behavior such as texting and eating while driving.