Special Interest Groups
AAAM announces the creation of two, new Special Interest Groups (SIGs) — Automated Vehicles and Road Safety in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
SIGs are communities within a larger organization with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology where members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet, and organize. Special Interest Groups, chartered by the AAAM Board of Directors, give members with similar professional specialties the opportunity to exchange ideas and keep themselves informed about current and discrete developments in their fields. The activities of the SIGs carve a diverse path of interests and needs, which are all planned by their Chairs and AAAM members. Through participation in SIGs, members can help design what, in essence, are small professional organizations within the broader national society. SIGs will be reviewed annually by the Board to determine if there is still need for the content area and if there are any new SIGs to be identified.
“The continuing evolution of automotive technology aims to deliver even greater safety benefits and Automated Driving Systems (ADS) that – one day – can handle the whole task of driving when we don’t want to or can’t do it ourselves. Fully automated cars and trucks that drive us, instead of us driving them, will become a reality. These self-driving vehicles ultimately will integrate onto roadways by progressing through six levels of driver assistance technology advancements in the coming years.” (Source: NHTSA website). This SIG will explore all aspects of autonomous vehicle safety and the implications of ADS for all road users including non-automated vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Road Safety in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
An estimated 1.25 million people lose their lives on the world’s roadways each year, and many more sustain serious injuries. The United Nations has declared 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. It also recently established a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for road safety for the first time. Low- and middle-income countries are heavily burdened by these injuries and deaths. AAAM is uniquely positioned to address all five pillars of the framework of the Decade of Action for Road Safety because of its multidisciplinary membership and global reach. This SIG will focus on strategies to decrease road traffic injuries in low resource settings globally.
How SIGs Function
Membership: Only AAAM members can belong to SIGs, though each member can belong to as many SIGs as desired. Members can join SIGS by going to the membership section of AAAM’s website.
Leadership: Each SIG will be led by a Chair and a Co-Chair. The first Chair and Co-Chair will be identified through a Call for Volunteers process (and selected by current President). Chair and Co-Chair will serve in the role for one year. A Call for Volunteers can be disseminated for future Chairs or the Co-Chair may select the upcoming co-chair when they move into Chair position. The term is 1 year (the Co-chair rolls up to Chair after their first year).
Leadership Responsibilities: The Chair and Co-Chair will plan and execute four meetings per year. It is completely up to the leaders to find a speaker or panel, plan the program, and submit the agenda, materials, and presentation to the AAAM office in advance. Chairs, with the help of SIG members, are to define annual SIG objectives. The chair will provide a report that includes a summary of activities, meetings, and participation. This report will be shared with the Board and membership of AAAM. Staff will support all logistics, internal marketing and promotion, and assist with orientation and onboarding for new Chairs. Key components to SIGs are sharing of best practices, ideas, networking, as well as an education component.
SIG Meetings & Communication (Minimum Requirement)
- (4) Meetings per year by conference call
- In-person meeting at Annual Conference, with conference call set up for virtual attendees
- Communication between meetings (options):
- LinkedIn Group for each SIG