The Chattery is hosting a discussion panel on self-driving cars and how they could impact the future of Chattanooga May 31.

“Theangle is to let people know about the current state of self-driving vehicles and brainstorm its future impacts on society,” event creator Kevin Cherrick said.

Cherrick, a Chattanooga entrepreneur, took interest in autonomous driving technology after he crashed his parents’ car five times, according to the event description.


The panel will include Chattanooga Design Studio Executive Director Eric Myers, Blythe Bailey and Tommy Trotter from the Chattanooga Department of Transportation, and Philip Pugliese from CARTA.

Cherrick said it’s important to start planning for this technology and that he’s excited to hear transportation professionals’ ideas on what it could mean for the city.

The discussion will mainly focus on when autonomous vehicletechnology will come to market, what the consumer adoption sequence may be and how the effects could play out.

“I want to talk about what is going to happen when [autonomous vehicles] come and what we as a community want to do about it,” Cherrick said.

The event will take place at the Edney Innovation Center at 1100 Market St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The discussion is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event and to register to attend, click here.

For background on Cherrick and his ideas around autonomous vehicles, click here.

Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is a staff writer for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.