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Day 1

Monday 23 October

Networking Breakfast

Join us on the opening morning for our complimentary networking breakfast. All speakers, delegates, and sponsors are invited to attend.

Opening session

Autonomous vehicles: traffic safety issues for states
Dr James Hedlund, principal, Highway Safety North, USA
The presentation will discuss key policy issues addressed in Autonomous Vehicles Meet Human Drivers: Traffic Safety Issues for States (GHSA, 2017). Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be in operation soon, but they will share the road with human drivers for decades. States must encourage AV development and implementation while protecting public safety. Key state issues include AV testing regulations, AV certification and registration, laws affecting AV operations such as speed limits and following distances, law enforcement, crash investigation, state data systems, and liability and insurance. States should stay informed and be active but cautious on these issues.

Findings of the Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety
Dr Amitai Bin-Nun, director, Autonomous Vehicle Initiative, SAFE, USA
The Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety was formed to investigate best practices for AV testing and early deployment. The Commission was led by recognized experts in the field of safety, automotive and national security. In January 2017, the Commission released its recommendations for autonomous vehicles (AV) to address several public policy and safety issues that have the potential to slow or halt the deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs). This session will cover the Commission’s best-practice recommendations, which seek to encourage industry leadership and foster increased collaboration between developers and regulators and improved public trust in AV technology.

State DMV's - The Safe Testing of AV Technology on Public Roads

A perspective from the California Department of Motor Vehicles
Dr Bernard Soriano, deputy director, California Department of Motor Vehicles, USA
This presentation will review the regulations implemented and the ongoing development of testing and deployment regulations in California.

State DMV Panel Discussion

Kara Templeton, director, Bureau of Driver Licensing, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, USA
Dr Bernard Soriano, deputy director, California Department of Motor Vehicles, USA
James Fackler, assistant administrator, Michigan Department of State, USA
Terrance J. McDonnell, staff sergeant, New York State Police, USA


Moderator:
Catherine Curtis, director vehicle programs, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

The Safe and Successful Integration of AV Technology

Creating the right legal framework for AV regulation
Charles Haake, assistant general counsel, Association of Global Automakers, USA
With increased activity at both the state and federal level, now is the time to ensure that we have the proper regulatory framework for AVs. There are currently over 50 bills pending in states on AVs, and this activity could impose potentially conflicting standards. Congress is working on a 16-point outline of potential AV bills at the federal level, one aspect of which is state preemption. But if states were to be preempted from enacting AV regulations, what regulatory framework could fill the vacuum? Would an FMVSS work, or is some other framework needed? The presentation will explore these issues.

NHTSA/DOT priorities for safe and secure AV technology
Speaker TBC, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USA
An overview of the ongoing regulatory challenges for safe and secure deployment of AV's on the public highway.

Safe Path to Autonomous Driving from an SAE standards perspective
Keith Wilson, project manager, technical programs, SAE International, USA
Automated vehicle technology is a fast-paced and highly complex space. Many disciplines must be brought together to bring the appropriate skillsets to the table and ensure development is robust, safe and secure. Voluntary industry standards are a vital element in ensuring coordinated and interoperable technical development in the emerging AV space, but also to ensure that the future world of mobility enabled by automated vehicles is done safely and securely.

SAE Panel Discussion
In this session, a discussion with key SAE International experts, who lead standards development efforts in discipline areas critical to the safe and secure development of automated vehicles.
Sue Bai, principal engineer & chair, SAE Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC), Honda R&D Americas Inc, USA
Mike Ahmadi, global director - Critical Systems Security & chair, SAE Cybersecurity Assurance Testing Task Force, Synopsys Software Integrity Group, USA
Dean Chiang, executive vice president and technical director and chair, SAE Safety and Human Factors, Dynamic Research Inc, USA
Speaker TBC, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USA


Moderator:
Keith Wilson, project manager, technical programs , SAE International

Day 2

Tuesday 24 October

State Departments of Transportation Perspective on Challenges of Autonomous Vehicle Adoption

State DOT Panel Discussion

Malcolm Dougherty, director, Caltrans, USA
Leslie Richards, secretary, PA Department of Transportation, USA
Kirk Steudle, director, Michigan Department of Transportation, USA
Shailen Bhatt, executive director, Colorado Department of Transportation, USA


Moderator:
Don Hunt, senior fellow, Buechner Institute for Governance, University of Colorado

State regulations: putting the cart before the autonomous vehicle?
Kevin Biesty, deputy director for policy, Arizona Department of Transportation, USA
States are employing a variety of strategies with regard to regulating the testing of AVs. Some have prescriptive rules and reporting requirements; others are taking a wait-and-see approach. Arizona's approach is to let innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs take the lead and do what they do best – drive the economy through the creation of services, products and jobs. Arizona's Governor and his agencies are working in a supportive role by removing any non public safety regulations while working with industry to develop the future of transportation and mobility and any necessary regulations only if clearly necessary.

State pathways for deployment of driver-assistive truck platooning technology
Geoff Johnson, external affairs strategist, Peloton Technology, USA
In December 2016, Michigan became the first state to explicitly authorize deployment of truck platooning technology. At least 10 other states have since considered doing the same through legislative or administrative pathways, including states with a numeric following distance standard for combination vehicles, and those with a qualitative 'reasonable and prudent'-type standard. This presentation will describe language and processes that states have explored toward deployment of SAE Level 1 driver-assistive truck platooning (DATP). Its purpose is to provide DOTs, LEOs and others with insight into options for DATP technology review and definitions of key terms such as 'connected braking'.

Legal Challenges: Product Liability, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Ethics, Insurance, and Regulatory Compliance

Regulation of highly automated vehicles
Emily Frascaroli, counsel, Ford Motor Co, USA
The development of highly automated, self-driving vehicles – which have the potential to help people drive more safely and facilitate mobility for everyone – is rapidly advancing. One of the key global challenges is creating a regulatory framework that encourages innovation, while also ensuring safety. Getting the right policies in place for automated vehicles is critically important and requires policy makers and other interested stakeholders to work together to reduce barriers and find a reasonable path forward to allow testing and deployment. This presentation explores the current challenges in the USA, and discusses some potential solutions under consideration.

Automated and connected vehicles require both privacy and cybersecurity
Prof Dorothy Glancy, professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, USA
Assuring privacy and cybersecurity will present ethical and legal challenges for automated and connected vehicles. Trust that is essential to early acceptance of these innovative forms of advanced mobility will require demonstrated assurance of both privacy and cybersecurity. Ethical responsibilities regarding respect for the persons who use automated and connected vehicles are sure to be reflected in legal obligations. Relationships between privacy and cybersecurity are interestingly asymmetrical. An existing body of privacy laws, such as statutes restricting surveillance and personal information practices, is ready to apply to automated and connected vehicles. Laws governing cybersecurity are relatively scarce at present.

Product liability: bump in the road or big pothole?
Prof Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law, USA
A new era has begun: vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems and automated vehicle technologies. What legal liabilities, especially product liability, do they present? Are they novel ones? Will product liability laws stand as an obstacle to their full implementation? How can the legal risks be reduced to further their roll-out? Some legal scholars maintain that there is nothing special about them that the current liability laws cannot handle – no different from when buggies became horseless carriages. Others, including many legal practitioners, vehemently disagree. This presentation explores these issues and provides the roadmap for the panel discussion that follows.

And Now the Law: Product Liability, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Ethics, Insurance, and Regulatory Compliance
This program presents a comprehensive overview and then detailed discussion of each of the significant legal issues involving the design, testing, development, and regulatory compliance of automated and connected vehicles. The presenters are leading lawyers, law professors, and auto industry counsel with deep expertise in federal and state regulations for deploying test and real-world fleets; product liability and ways to avoid it; cybersecurity and privacy laws; “ethical issues” for automated vehicle decision-making; and novel auto insurance challenges posed by these technologies.” (In short, everything you ever wanted to know about the law and automated and connected vehicles!)
Jennifer Dukarski, shareholder, Butzel Long, USA
Thomas Branigan, managing partner, Bowman and Brooke LLP, USA
Neal Walters, partner, Ballard Spahr LLP, USA
Jason Orr, attorney, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, USA
Thomas Alleman, member, Dykema Cox Smith, USA


Moderator:
Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law


Day 1

Monday 23 October

Networking Breakfast

Join us on the opening morning for our complimentary networking breakfast. All speakers, delegates, and sponsors are invited to attend.

Opening session

Autonomous vehicles: traffic safety issues for states
Dr James Hedlund, principal, Highway Safety North, USA
The presentation will discuss key policy issues addressed in Autonomous Vehicles Meet Human Drivers: Traffic Safety Issues for States (GHSA, 2017). Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be in operation soon, but they will share the road with human drivers for decades. States must encourage AV development and implementation while protecting public safety. Key state issues include AV testing regulations, AV certification and registration, laws affecting AV operations such as speed limits and following distances, law enforcement, crash investigation, state data systems, and liability and insurance. States should stay informed and be active but cautious on these issues.

Findings of the Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety
Dr Amitai Bin-Nun, director, Autonomous Vehicle Initiative, SAFE, USA
The Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety was formed to investigate best practices for AV testing and early deployment. The Commission was led by recognized experts in the field of safety, automotive and national security. In January 2017, the Commission released its recommendations for autonomous vehicles (AV) to address several public policy and safety issues that have the potential to slow or halt the deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs). This session will cover the Commission’s best-practice recommendations, which seek to encourage industry leadership and foster increased collaboration between developers and regulators and improved public trust in AV technology.

State DMV's - The Safe Testing of AV Technology on Public Roads

A perspective from the California Department of Motor Vehicles
Dr Bernard Soriano, deputy director, California Department of Motor Vehicles, USA
This presentation will review the regulations implemented and the ongoing development of testing and deployment regulations in California.

State DMV Panel Discussion

Kara Templeton, director, Bureau of Driver Licensing, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, USA
Dr Bernard Soriano, deputy director, California Department of Motor Vehicles, USA
James Fackler, assistant administrator, Michigan Department of State, USA
Terrance J. McDonnell, staff sergeant, New York State Police, USA


Moderator:
Catherine Curtis, director vehicle programs, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

The Safe and Successful Integration of AV Technology

Creating the right legal framework for AV regulation
Charles Haake, assistant general counsel, Association of Global Automakers, USA
With increased activity at both the state and federal level, now is the time to ensure that we have the proper regulatory framework for AVs. There are currently over 50 bills pending in states on AVs, and this activity could impose potentially conflicting standards. Congress is working on a 16-point outline of potential AV bills at the federal level, one aspect of which is state preemption. But if states were to be preempted from enacting AV regulations, what regulatory framework could fill the vacuum? Would an FMVSS work, or is some other framework needed? The presentation will explore these issues.

NHTSA/DOT priorities for safe and secure AV technology
Speaker TBC, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USA
An overview of the ongoing regulatory challenges for safe and secure deployment of AV's on the public highway.

Safe Path to Autonomous Driving from an SAE standards perspective
Keith Wilson, project manager, technical programs, SAE International, USA
Automated vehicle technology is a fast-paced and highly complex space. Many disciplines must be brought together to bring the appropriate skillsets to the table and ensure development is robust, safe and secure. Voluntary industry standards are a vital element in ensuring coordinated and interoperable technical development in the emerging AV space, but also to ensure that the future world of mobility enabled by automated vehicles is done safely and securely.

SAE Panel Discussion
In this session, a discussion with key SAE International experts, who lead standards development efforts in discipline areas critical to the safe and secure development of automated vehicles.
Sue Bai, principal engineer & chair, SAE Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC), Honda R&D Americas Inc, USA
Mike Ahmadi, global director - Critical Systems Security & chair, SAE Cybersecurity Assurance Testing Task Force, Synopsys Software Integrity Group, USA
Dean Chiang, executive vice president and technical director and chair, SAE Safety and Human Factors, Dynamic Research Inc, USA
Speaker TBC, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USA


Moderator:
Keith Wilson, project manager, technical programs , SAE International


Day 2

Tuesday 24 October

State Departments of Transportation Perspective on Challenges of Autonomous Vehicle Adoption

State DOT Panel Discussion

Malcolm Dougherty, director, Caltrans, USA
Leslie Richards, secretary, PA Department of Transportation, USA
Kirk Steudle, director, Michigan Department of Transportation, USA
Shailen Bhatt, executive director, Colorado Department of Transportation, USA


Moderator:
Don Hunt, senior fellow, Buechner Institute for Governance, University of Colorado

State regulations: putting the cart before the autonomous vehicle?
Kevin Biesty, deputy director for policy, Arizona Department of Transportation, USA
States are employing a variety of strategies with regard to regulating the testing of AVs. Some have prescriptive rules and reporting requirements; others are taking a wait-and-see approach. Arizona's approach is to let innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs take the lead and do what they do best – drive the economy through the creation of services, products and jobs. Arizona's Governor and his agencies are working in a supportive role by removing any non public safety regulations while working with industry to develop the future of transportation and mobility and any necessary regulations only if clearly necessary.

State pathways for deployment of driver-assistive truck platooning technology
Geoff Johnson, external affairs strategist, Peloton Technology, USA
In December 2016, Michigan became the first state to explicitly authorize deployment of truck platooning technology. At least 10 other states have since considered doing the same through legislative or administrative pathways, including states with a numeric following distance standard for combination vehicles, and those with a qualitative 'reasonable and prudent'-type standard. This presentation will describe language and processes that states have explored toward deployment of SAE Level 1 driver-assistive truck platooning (DATP). Its purpose is to provide DOTs, LEOs and others with insight into options for DATP technology review and definitions of key terms such as 'connected braking'.

Legal Challenges: Product Liability, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Ethics, Insurance, and Regulatory Compliance

Regulation of highly automated vehicles
Emily Frascaroli, counsel, Ford Motor Co, USA
The development of highly automated, self-driving vehicles – which have the potential to help people drive more safely and facilitate mobility for everyone – is rapidly advancing. One of the key global challenges is creating a regulatory framework that encourages innovation, while also ensuring safety. Getting the right policies in place for automated vehicles is critically important and requires policy makers and other interested stakeholders to work together to reduce barriers and find a reasonable path forward to allow testing and deployment. This presentation explores the current challenges in the USA, and discusses some potential solutions under consideration.

Automated and connected vehicles require both privacy and cybersecurity
Prof Dorothy Glancy, professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, USA
Assuring privacy and cybersecurity will present ethical and legal challenges for automated and connected vehicles. Trust that is essential to early acceptance of these innovative forms of advanced mobility will require demonstrated assurance of both privacy and cybersecurity. Ethical responsibilities regarding respect for the persons who use automated and connected vehicles are sure to be reflected in legal obligations. Relationships between privacy and cybersecurity are interestingly asymmetrical. An existing body of privacy laws, such as statutes restricting surveillance and personal information practices, is ready to apply to automated and connected vehicles. Laws governing cybersecurity are relatively scarce at present.

Product liability: bump in the road or big pothole?
Prof Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law, USA
A new era has begun: vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems and automated vehicle technologies. What legal liabilities, especially product liability, do they present? Are they novel ones? Will product liability laws stand as an obstacle to their full implementation? How can the legal risks be reduced to further their roll-out? Some legal scholars maintain that there is nothing special about them that the current liability laws cannot handle – no different from when buggies became horseless carriages. Others, including many legal practitioners, vehemently disagree. This presentation explores these issues and provides the roadmap for the panel discussion that follows.

And Now the Law: Product Liability, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Ethics, Insurance, and Regulatory Compliance
This program presents a comprehensive overview and then detailed discussion of each of the significant legal issues involving the design, testing, development, and regulatory compliance of automated and connected vehicles. The presenters are leading lawyers, law professors, and auto industry counsel with deep expertise in federal and state regulations for deploying test and real-world fleets; product liability and ways to avoid it; cybersecurity and privacy laws; “ethical issues” for automated vehicle decision-making; and novel auto insurance challenges posed by these technologies.” (In short, everything you ever wanted to know about the law and automated and connected vehicles!)
Jennifer Dukarski, shareholder, Butzel Long, USA
Thomas Branigan, managing partner, Bowman and Brooke LLP, USA
Neal Walters, partner, Ballard Spahr LLP, USA
Jason Orr, attorney, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, USA
Thomas Alleman, member, Dykema Cox Smith, USA


Moderator:
Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law

 
 

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Hear what our attendees are saying about the event

The AV Safety Regulation Congress was one of the best meetings in this sector in the recent memory. The cross-cutting nature of the participants brought together OEMS, Federal agencies, state DOTS, state Department of Motor Vehicles, the insurance industry and regulators, and law enforcement. The organization of the Congress allowed for great opportunities for integrated discussions.

Don Hunt, senior fellow, Buechner Institute for Governance, University of Colorado

I was pleased to have the opportunity to have these conversations with the right people at the right time.

Catherine Curtis, Director Vehicle Programs, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

Thanks again for organizing such an enjoyable event. I was very impressed both by those you recruited to speak and especially by those who came to listen. There were some important people sitting quietly in your audience and I look forward to attending again in 2017!

Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor of law, University of South Carolina, USA

This first of its kind conference was an excellent opportunity to continue discussing the future of autonomous vehicle technology in the automotive industry. The outstanding mix of regulators, academics and legal professionals offered a variety of viewpoints to consider as this ground-breaking technology continues to develop and be introduced to the consuming public.

John Isaac Southerland, partner, Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart LLP, USA

The Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation Congress was a great venue for gathering representatives from various industries to discuss and explore the regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles. It was wonderful being a part of this event and helping to bring an insurance focus to the table. With varying state insurance regulators, it is crucial for the insurance industry to focus on what's emerging and to stay involved as vehicles evolve to become driverless.

Sandee Perfetto, coverage director, Personal Auto product development, Verisk Insurance Solutions, USA

Participating in the Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress 2016 was a great opportunity for the Michigan DOT to share insights with multiple industry sectors and government on this emerging technology. Autonomous vehicle technology has great promise of improving the safety of Michigan motorists, and we support its development within the State of Michigan.

Collin Castle, connected vehicle specialist, Michigan Department of Transportation, USA

The quality of speakers has been phenomenal. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to the presentations and it’s been really interesting to hear so many different opinions, great speakers, great conversations, dialogue, and definitely great networking. I sat in a VW presentation and not only was it really insightful, but it was also much more provocative than I was expecting

Meghan Chamberlain, marketing analyst, Robert Bosch

I was incredibly impressed with the exceptional quality of the speakers, and the timeliness of the program. We’re at the beginning at the era of the autonomous vehicle, and all the political, ethical and legal implications that go with it, so now is very much the time to do this”

Richard A. Lazar, principal, AV Insights LLC, USA
 
 


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