Activity One

A City Decides On Self-Driving Buses

Scenario

Your city has been selected to participate as a testbed during a one-year period for a fleet of self-driving public buses by a company looking to expand its market presence in the autonomous vehicle space. Before proceeding with the test period for the self-driving bus fleet, city officials convene a diverse collection of stakeholders to receive public comment and community input, and ultimately build a fuller understanding of how this emerging technology might impact the city. Read full scenario…

Roles

Each participant is assigned a stakeholder role. There are nine roles in total–City Planner, Chief Innovation Officer for the City, Bus Driver Union Representative, Disability Group Advocate, Computer Scientist who specializes in Computer Vision, Cybersecurity Professional, Active Transportation Advocate, Human-Computer Interaction Expert from a local university, and Computer Scientist with expertise in networked technologies from within the company. Read role descriptions…

Design

The role play scenario is designed to be used in a range of course types and sizes. At least two hours of class time is recommended for the activity, but it can be compressed into one class period, especially if students are provided with the scenario and assigned roles prior to class time. The activity is broken into three phases, with options to incorporate additional ethics content at various points. Read activity design…

Materials

In addition to the role descriptions, instructors can choose to provide students with these additional materials: name tags with role titles and city planner prompts to help moderators facilitate discussions. Access materials…

Acknowledgments

In addition to the support provided by Mozilla’s Responsible Computer Science Challenge, the project team would like to acknowledge the contributions of Georgia Tech faculty Adjo A. Amekudzi-Kennedy, Ellen Dunham-Jones, and Nancey Green Leigh who reviewed a draft version of Activity One.

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