A Home Run for Self-Driving Vehicle Education in D.C.

Outside of developing the technology, it is crucial we immerse ourselves in the communities where we will operate — not only to educate, but also to listen. Partners for Automated Vehicle Education found that 60 percent of Americans would trust automated vehicles more if they understood how the technology worked. People need to trust and find value in self-driving vehicles, and it’s up to us to educate them.
So we teamed up with the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, which is part of the nonprofit philanthropy arm of the Washington Nationals. The Youth Baseball Academy hosts a six-week summer program that focuses on baseball and healthy living, with an emphasis on STEM education. The goal is to give scholar athletes in the local community the opportunity to continue to learn, develop critical thinking skills and explore careers in STEM, so we were happy to team up.