Autonomous driving (AD) is intended to reduce accident rates significantly as human error – responsible for the majority of automobile accidents – is taken out of the equation.
The world’s most notable automotive and technology companies are currently engaged in expensive, multi-year research programs to create the safest AD vehicles on the road. Though the technology these companies are developing will undoubtedly save thousands of lives, many could be subject to enormous liability exposure for driving “decisions” made by their technology.
Matthew F. Miller, partner in our Products Liability Litigation group, will moderate our next panel of speakers:
Some of the questions our panel will address include:
James M. Anderson is the lead author of RAND Corporations's Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers (2016) and Director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Vehicle Highway Automation and the Uniform State Laws Study Committee on State Regulation of Driverless Cars and has been working on the policy issues around autonomous vehicles since 2008. Before joining RAND, he practiced law for ten years. He received a JD from Yale Law School.
Mike Hetke is the Chief Strategy Officer of AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah. At AAA, Mike is responsible for leading corporate strategy development; as well as fostering and commercializing new avenues of long-term, sustainable member value and growth. Prior to AAA, Mike brought extensive leadership experience in new product and business development primarily focused within the insurance sector.
Matthew F. Miller is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer in complex business disputes, products liability, breach of contract and unfair competition matters, including misappropriation of intellectual property, business interference torts, breach of employment contracts and breach of joint venture agreements. Matthew has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries for his clients, particularly in relation to unfair business competition, employment misdeeds and trade secret misappropriation.
Michael Prince is the lead counsel for Intel Corporation's Transportation Solutions Division and Automated Driving Group where he supports engagements with automotive OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and other ecosystem participants. In previous roles at Intel, Michael handled strategic intellectual property engagements as well as complex transactional matters.
John Villasenor is on the faculty at UCLA, where he is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management, and a visiting professor of law. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Villasenor’s work addresses the intersection of technology, policy, law, and business. In 2014, he authored "Products Liability and Driverless Cars: Issues and Guiding Principles for Legislation." He is regularly published in major media outlets and academic journals and has also provided congressional testimony on multiple occasions.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PMPacific Time
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