Simone Pettigrew

Do you already own the last car you’ll ever buy?

TEDxPerth 2018
November 2018

Talk length:

10:17

Do you already own the last car you’ll ever buy? | Simone Pettigrew | TEDxPerth

The conversation we need to have about self-driving cars is not about the decisions they make. It’s about the decisions we make, now. Self-driving cars will revolutionise mobility. Their introduction has the potential to benefit all - but if we don’t understand the stakes and prepare for their arrival with the right policies, the result could be dire. In this talk, Simone Pettigrew outlines some of the conversations that we need to be having about autonomous vehicles - and none of it is “should the car hit the pram, or two nuns, or should it kill the driver”.

Simone develops behaviour change campaigns to encourage health and wellbeing. Her work has involved varied issues including tobacco and alcohol consumption, nutrition, physical activity, ageing and mental health. Her current research focus is on autonomous vehicles and their potential to make people happier and healthier. Simone is eager to ensure that the benefits of driverless vehicles become realised by all. As a self-confessed workaholic, she’s looking forward to the day when she can get more done on the way to work in a driverless vehicle.

Simone is a Research Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University. She holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Commerce, and a PhD in Consumer Research.

Simone Pettigrew
Psychology Research Professor

Simone is a Research Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University. She holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Commerce, and a PhD in Consumer Research.

Simone and her team spend their time developing behaviour change campaigns that encourage individuals to improve their health and wellbeing. This involves understanding how people think and feel about issues that affect their health and identifying the triggers that can modify their attitudes and their behaviours.

Her work to date has focused on many and varied issues including smoking, alcohol consumption, nutrition, physical activity, ageing, and mental health. More recently she has developed a research profile in the area of autonomous vehicles and their potential to make people happier and healthier. She has travelled the world speaking to experts in this area to gain insights into the ways autonomous vehicles will change our lives and how the benefits can be optimised by ensuring vulnerable members of society are not left behind in the impending transport revolution.

Simone is a self-confessed workaholic who can’t wait for the day when she can get more done on the way to work in a driverless vehicle.