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Sorry Officer, I Wasn’t Driving—My Car Was

What are the legal and regulatory implications for automated vehicle technologies and driverless cars?

About the Seminar

May 09, 2017 8:30am—10:00am

Automated vehicle (AVs) technologies and driverless cars promise to revolutionize the ways in which we commute, reduce the thousands of people killed or injured on our roads every year, provide increased mobility to people for whom operating a car is difficult or impossible, and lessen the transportation sector’s impact on the environment. The driverless car and the many benefits that it offers paint a powerful narrative of technological improvement.

This narrative does not, however, acknowledge the technical, societal, and legal barriers associated with bringing AVs onto the market. Some of the key challenges for their deployment in the United States include the design of compensation schemes, state liability, and market penetration. Today’s AV technology—and that of the foreseeable future—is evolutionary and not revolutionary, and should be thought of as a shift from passive safety to one of active safety. This has important and underappreciated consequences for grappling with the legal and regulatory issues raised by this powerful new technology.

Location Information

ASU Washington Center
1834 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC 20009