Autonomous vehicles are often referred to, by designers and policy-makers alike, as a technology that will bring greater inclusivity and accessibility to transit. This panel brought together experts in autonomous vehicle technology and regulation, accessibility, and city transit planning to discuss some of the technological, regulatory and accessibility questions surrounding autonomous vehicles, and to highlight access to justice issues related to the potential growing use of autonomous vehicles within cities.


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Panelists’ Biographies:


Fahad Khan
Project Lead, Automated and Autonomous Vehicles
City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division


Fahad is currently North America’s first full-time staff directly assigned to the Automated and Autonomous Vehicles file, working as a Project Lead at the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division.  He focuses on investigating and understanding automated vehicle technology and the implications and opportunities it can bring to the City. Previously, he worked as a Jr. Transportation and Infrastructure Engineer at the Province of Alberta in their Land Use Planning and Asset Management Team.


Being a car lover at heart, he sees a great transformation coming in the transportation sector and is excited to be at the bleeding edge of change.  He believes the car will change from being a mere mule to being a platform of service and information delivery.


Fahad is a Civil Engineer graduate of the University of Toronto (2010), holds his Masters of Engineering & Public Policy from McMaster University (2011), and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario.




Krzysztof Czarnecki
Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo


Professor Czarnecki’s research focuses on safety assurance of autonomous vehicles, and especially their appropriate behaviour in traffic. He co-leads the development of UW Moose, Canada’s first self-driving research vehicle ( He also serves on Society of Automotive Engineers task forces on level of driving automation, reference architecture for automated driving systems, and maneuvers and behaviours.









Laverne Jacobs
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Windsor


Professor Laverne Jacobs’ research explores, qualitatively, the impact of regulatory processes on the lives of persons with disabilities.  Her research and publications focus on incorporating the voices of people with disabilities in the development of laws that affect them. More generally, her work explores building more inclusive communities by feeding grounded research and theory into policy development and legal decision making.  Dr. Jacobs is Founding Director of the Law, Disability & Social Change Project, a Windsor Law Research Centre, which studies contemporary issues of law and disability.




Kristen Thomasen
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Windsor


Professor Kristen Thomasen’s research focuses on the legal, social and ethical implications of robotic technologies and artificial intelligence. Professor Thomasen is currently completing her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. Her thesis explores drone regulation and the impact of drone technology on privacy in public spaces in Canada. Professor Thomasen is also doing research on the gendered privacy impacts of personal drones and her main research interests are Canadian robotics/artificial intelligence law and policy; drone regulation, and privacy law.