October 23 - 25, 2018
The Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI, USA

Preliminary Programme



Day 1: Tuesday 23 October

Opening Session

Hear the latest developments from NHTSA on future AV regulation and policy developments

Panel Discussion: Challenges Surrounding AV Safety & Regulation

State DOTs are on the front line of accommodating emerging autonomous cars and trucks. Level 4 autonomous vehicles are currently being tested in a dozen states, and DOTs are continuously confronted with new challenges to ensure safety while supporting the development of autonomous technology. This session will discuss the current approaches of the federal government and states in ensuring safe deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Panel Discussion

Kirk Steudle
Director
Michigan Department of Transportation
USA
Malcolm Dougherty
Senior vice president & practice lead
Michael Baker International
USA
Moderators:
Don Hunt, senior fellow, School of Public Affairs Institute, University of Colorado

Industry Observations for Policymakers

Overview of US state and federal automated vehicle regulation and legislation, and principles and suggestions for policymakers going forward

Paul Hemmersbaugh
Chief counsel and policy director for Transportation as a Service
General Motors
USA
As a former NHTSA chief counsel who now directs AV law and policy efforts for a large automobile manufacturer, Paul Hemmersbaugh is well positioned to discuss developing AV policy and regulations. The presentation will provide an overview of federal and state regulations governing autonomous vehicles and their use. That survey will be followed by suggestions for some general principles and provisions to guide policymakers’ efforts to facilitate the safe, expeditious and efficient deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Responsibility: sensitive safety

Jack Weast
Senior principal engineer and the chief systems architect for automated driving solutions
Intel Corporation
USA
There is little argument that machines will be better drivers than humans. Yet there is a very real risk that self-driving vehicles will never realize their life-saving potential if we can’t agree on standards for safety. We will explain how RSS provides specific and measurable parameters for the human concepts of responsibility and caution, and defines a 'safe state', where the autonomous vehicle cannot cause an accident, no matter what action is taken by other vehicles. We will also talk about how the industry can collaborate to help put these types of safety standards in place.

Panel Discussion

Paul Hemmersbaugh
Chief counsel and policy director for Transportation as a Service
General Motors
USA
Jack Weast
Senior principal engineer and the chief systems architect for automated driving solutions
Intel Corporation
USA
Dr Amitai Bin-Nun
Vice president, autonomous vehicles
Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE)
USA

Product Liability Law

Product liability law and prevention – a crash course

Prof Nicholas Wittner
Professor of Law in Residence
Michigan State University College of Law
USA
Tom Vanderford
Associate general counsel; executive director, Litigation
Hyundai Motor America
USA
This program combines an explanation of the fundamentals of product liability law with an analysis of recent real-world collisions and incidents involving automated vehicles. The speakers will dissect the incidents to illustrate what can cause product liability risk, with a 'lessons learned' set of concrete recommendations for reducing or preventing product liability for each level of automation.

Panel Discussion: Litigating Automated Vehicle Product Liability Cases: Tackling the Tough Issues

This panel of lawyers with deep experience in government, OEMs, and suppliers, delves into the most difficult product liability issues – alleged design defects in automated vehicle programming (especially when there is a shared responsibility between an OEM and supplier); challenges to the “ethics” of an automated vehicle’s programming; protecting the confidentiality of source code sought during “discovery”; and defending against a design, warnings, or misrepresentation claim to a jury, including the role of engineers and computer programmers to testify about highly-complex designs.
Jennifer Dukarski
Shareholder
Butzel Long
USA
Anthony Cooke
Deputy general counsel and vice president for policy and regulation
Luminar Technologies Inc
USA
Thomas Branigan
Managing partner
Bowman and Brooke LLP
USA
Neal Walters
Product liability group leader
Ballard Spahr LLP
USA
Moderators:
Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law

Day 2: Wednesday 24 October

Motor Vehicle Administration Approach to AV's

Guidelines for the Safe Testing and Deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles

Catherine Curtis
Director vehicle programs
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
USA
This session will provide an explanation of the Guidelines for the Safe Testing and Deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) through its Autonomous Vehicles Working Group. These guidelines were published to assist jurisdictions in regulating autonomous vehicles and testing the drivers who operate them. This session will focus on the recommended guidelines for state government oversight and the impacts of AVs on motor vehicle administration.

Update on California regulations

Dr Bernard Soriano
Deputy director
California Department of Motor Vehicles
USA
This session will include an explanation of the updated California regulations that became effective on April 1, 2018. The new regulations allow companies to test autonomous vehicles without a driver present in the vehicle. In addition, they allow companies to deploy completely driverless vehicles on public streets once they meet certain requirements.

Panel Discussion: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles - View from State Motor Vehicle Administrators

A panel of state leaders who are influencing the world of Autonomous Vehicle regulation in the United States will discuss the approach each of their states is taking to regulate the testing and deployment of automated vehicles and their thoughts on the AAMVA guidelines. Hear how they are working with government officials and other stakeholders in their state to understand and to prepare for the impact of automation in vehicles from an administrative perspective.
April Sanborn
DMV services manager III - driver programs
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
USA
Kara Templeton
Director, Bureau of Driver Licensing
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
USA
Dr Bernard Soriano
Deputy director
California Department of Motor Vehicles
USA
Moderators:
Catherine Curtis, director vehicle programs, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

Autonomous Vehicles Deployed by Shared Mobility Companies

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) will likely be the first commercial implementers of driverless vehicles. For the first time in over 50 years, the private sector is again emerging as an important mobility service provider in parallel to public transit agencies. How can state DOTs, cities and private providers work together to build an effective, integrated system available to all?

Emerging Risks: Cybersecurity & Privacy

Protecting Data Privacy (including ‘Bio-privacy’) and the Liabilities if You Don’t

Jennifer Dukarski
Shareholder
Butzel Long
USA
This presentation begins with the essentials about data privacy laws and measures to avoid liability. It then identifies a cutting-edge issue: “Bio-privacy”. Designing for various levels of autonomy and user experiences has led to an explosion of biometric data collection, raising wholly new issues about protecting biometric data privacy. As states heighten protections and federal agencies examine the adequacy of privacy protections, an emphasis on designing-in protections specific to bio-privacy is becoming critical. This engineer-turned-lawyer will explain what engineers and designers ought to prevent proscribed disclosure of this and other information that could subject manufacturers to liability.

Cybersecurity Best Practices: Preventing Liability for Unauthorized Access to Data from Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Steven Wernikoff
Partner
Honigman Miller
USA
Modern vehicles are collecting and sharing increasing amounts of data so that they can operate more autonomously, operate with greater safety, and offer innovative new products and services. The enhanced connectivity raises novel privacy and cybersecurity issues for vehicle owners and passengers, and increases the number of potential security threats and vulnerabilities. This session discusses the state of existing regulations, guidance from the FTC and NHTSA, and industry voluntary guidelines that set the framework for addressing these important issues, as well as how pending federal legislation would affect the current legal mandates.

Panel Discussion: Identifying and Managing the Emerging Legal Risks of Cybersecurity: From Design through Litigation

Jennifer Dukarski
Shareholder
Butzel Long
USA
Ronald Hedges
Senior counsel
Dentons
USA
Ryan Bowers
Counsel, global privacy and product cybersecurity
General Motors
USA
Moderators:
Steven Wernikoff, partner, Honigman Miller
Moderators:
Steven Wernikoff, partner, Honigman Miller
Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law

AV Regulation - The challenge for OEM's and Tier Supplier's

The pace of automated vehicle innovation has not slowed – can the policymakers keep up?

Charles Haake
Assistant general counsel
Association of Global Automakers
USA
By the time of the AV Safety Regulation World Congress in October, the industry and all stakeholders will have a sense of the fate of the bills before Congress on automated vehicle regulation. If one has passed by then, this presentation will discuss how the bill got over the finish line in this Congress and analyze its impact on the industry’s testing and deployment of automated vehicles. If no bill has passed, this presentation will discuss: (a) why the SELF DRIVE Act and the AV START Act stalled; (b) the likelihood of future legislation; (c) the potential for other legislative and regulatory avenues for the industry to achieve a policy framework that encourages innovation in life-saving AV technology while keeping safety first in mind.

Precedence and practice: autonomous vehicles in automotive law and regulation

Anthony Cooke
Deputy general counsel and vice president for policy and regulation
Luminar Technologies Inc
USA
Automotive law and regulation in the USA is a mature and complex legal body and practice. How will autonomous vehicles fit into the world of automotive standards, recalls, product liability, class actions and even traffic rules? This technology will without a doubt change the way vehicles are designed, operated and even owned, but will it also change the way regulators, the courts and society regard consumer products and transportation?

Panel Discussion

Charles Haake
Assistant general counsel
Association of Global Automakers
USA
Anthony Cooke
Deputy general counsel and vice president for policy and regulation
Luminar Technologies Inc
USA
Jonathan Moore
Director advanced systems
Exida LLC
USA

Day 3: Thursday 25 October

Law Enforcement Considerations for the impact of Automation in Vehicles

Law enforcement considerations

Brian Ursino
Director, law enforcement
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
USA
This session will focus on the law enforcement considerations in the Guidelines for the Safe Testing and Deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) through its Autonomous Vehicles Working Group.

An in-depth discussion on national law enforcement efforts

Terrance J. McDonnell
Staff sergeant
New York State Police
USA
This session will include a discussion on the national law enforcement efforts to support the safe testing and deployment of automated vehicles, as well as some concerns that law enforcement and first responders may face.

Panel Discussion: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles - View from Law Enforcement Officials

A panel of state law enforcement officials who are influencing the world of Autonomous Vehicle regulation and enforcement in the United States will discuss the approach each of their states is taking on the testing and deployment of automated vehicles and their thoughts on the guidelines. Hear how they are working with government officials and other stakeholders in their state to prepare for the impact of automation in vehicles from a law enforcement perspective.
Terrance J. McDonnell
Staff sergeant
New York State Police
USA
Jim Epperson
Assistant chief, Enforcement & Planning Division
California Highway Patrol
USA
Richard Arnold
Lieutenant colonel
Michigan State Police
USA
Moderators:
Brian Ursino, director, law enforcement, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

Federal and State Legislation and Regulation

Latest developments in federal and state laws for the deployment of AVs

Emily Frascaroli
Counsel
Ford Motor Co
USA
Legislation for the introduction of automated vehicles has been passed in the United States House of Representatives and is pending in the Senate. There are important differences between the two that could limit the deployment of automated vehicles and, depending on which bill is adopted, impose stringent requirements beyond the voluntary guidelines in DOT’s 'Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety'. Moreover, states are enacting their own legislation imposing varying limitations on the introduction of automated vehicles for testing as well as sale to consumers. Learn about these key pieces of legislation and the efforts underway in the states to eliminate outdated legal obstacles to selling automated vehicles to the public.

Can an autonomous vehicle talk its way out of a traffic ticket?

Gail Gottehrer
Partner
Akerman LLP
USA
This session will focus on the relationship between autonomous vehicles and law enforcement, and how law enforcement will interact with these vehicles. When and how will police pull over an autonomous vehicle? Will autonomous vehicles be treated the same as individuals under the traffic laws and regulations? Under what circumstances will law enforcement be permitted to get information collected by an autonomous vehicle, and how might police go about getting it under US law and laws in Europe? How will the Fourth Amendment, the third-party doctrine, the CLOUD Act and the just-announced European approach play out in these situations?

Panel Discussion: Automated Vehicles and The Panoply of State Laws: Toward a Modern Model

State laws affecting automated vehicles encompass far more than traffic codes and this panel identifies what they are and how inconsistent or outdated provisions in them can constrain the development and sale of automated vehicles. The panellists will suggest ways to harmonize the laws so that they make sense for automated vehicles, including each Level of automation. Find out when a law maybe ought to apply to Level 3 but not Level 5. When can you send that text?
Emily Frascaroli
Counsel
Ford Motor Co
USA
Gail Gottehrer
Partner
Akerman LLP
USA
Moderators:
Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law

Redefining the Insurance Landscape

Coverage and claims trends in a connected-car world

Sandee Perfetto
Coverage director, personal auto/umbrella product development
Verisk
USA
Following high-profile fatalities stemming from vehicles in self-driving mode, questions of fault cast doubt around financial responsibility for auto insurers. In addition, as connected cars provide more and more data, money-saving and customer-pleasing innovations are redefining the landscape of insurance claims. In this intriguing session, hear from two industry subject matter experts on the prevailing trends and legal frameworks, the potential for an increase in subrogation and litigation, and how insurers can leverage innovations while protecting themselves as technology continues to evolve.

Insurance law – analysis of insurance issues relating to AVs

Thomas Alleman
Member
Dykema Cox Smith
USA
The presentation will offer an analysis of insurance and risk management issues relating to AVs and CVs.

Panel Discussion

Sandee Perfetto
Coverage director, personal auto/umbrella product development
Verisk
USA
Thomas Alleman
Member
Dykema Cox Smith
USA
Moderators:
Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law

Autonomous Vehicles and V2X Connectivity

Singapore technical reference for Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles

Niels de Boer
Program director, CETRAN
Nanyang Technological University
SINGAPORE
Singapore is developing a technical reference to be published by end 2018 by Enterprise Singapore, the national standards body. This technical reference will be used to support governance of on-road testing of Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles and, once matured, will evolve into a Singapore Standard that will support governance of pilot projects involving the public. The technical reference has four sections: basic behavioral requirements, system safety, cybersecurity and data management. This presentation will give an overview of the technical reference and the process and considerations that governed the development of this technical reference.

Panel Discussion

Autonomous vehicles are emerging with on-board sensors and systems to ensure safety. While DOTs continue to test connected V2X technologies, OEMs are divided on how to approach Dedicated Short Range Communications and 5G cellular to communicate between vehicles and infrastructure. Will the fields of autonomous vehicles and connected infrastructure be integrated to improve system safety and efficiency?
Carlos Braceras
Director
Utah Department of Transportation
USA
John Schroer
Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Transportation
USA
Niels de Boer
Program director, CETRAN
Nanyang Technological University
SINGAPORE
Moderators:
Don Hunt, senior fellow, School of Public Affairs Institute, University of Colorado
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