Thursday, February 4, 2021 Session

12:00pm EST

Safe Enough in the Operational Design Domain

Where and when can we ride safely in a driverless vehicle

Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation


Marjory Blumenthal
Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Nat Beuse
Head of Safety, Aurora

Christopher Hart
Former Chairman, NTSB; Founder, Hart Solutions LLP

Dan Smith
Assistant General Counsel (Regulatory), Waymo

Moderator: Marjory Blumenthal, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation


Marjory Blumenthal joined the RAND Corporation as director of the experimental Science, Technology, and Policy program in spring 2016, with a broad remit that includes science and technology trends, societal impacts, and policy. Her work at RAND has addressed such topics as automated vehicles, smart cities, measuring the impact of research, innovation in China, and trends and applications of artificial intelligence, 5G, and other emerging technologies. As founding executive director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she addressed the full range of information technologies and their impacts. In 2003, she took a leadership position at Georgetown University, developing academic strategy, promoting innovation in teaching and learning, and fostering research, especially in the sciences. In 2013-2016, Marjory was executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressing such issues as biosecurity, cybersecurity, big data and privacy, climate change adaptation, and technologies for health, cities, and independence in aging. In that position she began to focus on trends and issues associated with automated vehicles. Marjory is the principal author and/or substantive editor of numerous books and articles and serves on a variety of boards and advisory bodies. She did her undergraduate work at Brown University and her graduate work at Harvard University.

Panelist: Nat Beuse, Head of Safety, Aurora

Panelist: Christopher Hart, Former Chairman, NTSB; Founder, Hart Solutions LLP

Panelist: Dan Smith, Assistant General Counsel (Regulatory), Waymo