Tia Gaffney’s extensive experience in the industry demonstrates the knowledge she will share in the panel discussion on ‘Public trust in technology: How do we bridge the gap?’ during the connected and automated vehicles stream. Tia is a Principal Professional Leader within the Transport Safety Group at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) working on commissions throughout Australia. Tia works with a transformative and collaborative team to achieve high-level safety outcomes for vehicles, transport and transportation infrastructure.
Tia’s experience has included work for General Motors and biomechanical forensic engineering research companies where she was involved with and led over 500+ forensic, biomechanical and engineering investigations in laboratory and field environments. This involved the preparation of technical reports on of vehicular, workplace and public liability incidents involving fatality, injury and loss.
Tia’s experience in Australia has involved work on vehicle collision/crash incident investigations, reconstruction and analysis and appearances in court as an expert witness in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. She has participated in and led incident investigations occurring on public roadways and mine sites, involving passenger, heavy trucks and mine SME vehicles, as well as vulnerable road user groups – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Tia is currently appointed by Victoria’s Minister for Police to provide information and advice to assist the Road Safety Camera Commissioner in the performance of his functions to improve Road Safety under the relevant Act