19 - 20 June 2018
Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany

All Streams are across 2 days

Developing a Realistic Legal Framework for Safe & Successful Autonomous Vehicle Implementation

As the technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, Europe is in danger of falling behind the USA in making autonomous vehicles a reality, because a number of EU and UN laws and regulations will not allow autonomous or driverless vehicles. Although some European countries are already carrying out driverless vehicle testing in certain cities, there are still a number of regulatory and legal challenges that will need to be overcome before pan-European autonomous driving can take place.

The Future of Transportation World Conference will bring together European law makers, the automotive industry, technology suppliers, legal professionals and the insurance industry to discuss what changes are necessary in current regulations, and how to build a pan-European set of rules and laws governing autonomous and driverless cars to ensure their safe adoption and integration with the general public.

Key topic areas for discussion will include:

  • Adapting current safety standards and regulations to allow further testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads
  • Assessing liability in accidents involving autonomous vehicles
  • Establishing an international agreement on rules and regulations for autonomous vehicles
  • Safely integrating autonomous vehicles with other road users
  • Code of ethics for autonomous vehicles in the event of an unavoidable accident
  • Authorising police and law enforcement agencies to intercept and remotely stop self-driving vehicles
  • Allocating civil and criminal liability in the event of a cyberattack, vehicle hacking or deliberate interference with an automated vehicle
  • Changes to existing insurance laws
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Interoperability
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    Conference Programme

    Day 1: Tuesday 19 June

    Legal & Regulatory Challenges of Autonomous Vehicles

    Policy labs: multi-stakeholder iterative processes for developing policies for automated and connected driving – a Swedish case study

    Maria Schnurr
    Senior researcher
    RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
    In the transport sector, vehicle automation challenges current regulation and policy as relevant policies simply do not exist. However, to keep up with technological development and actually benefit from its diffusion, these challenges need to be overcome more quickly than conventional policy-making may allow. Policy labs can be seen as an appropriate means of speeding up policy-making and increasing its quality and acceptance, especially in light of complex, dynamic technological change. Illustrated by two cases in Sweden, we describe policy lab interventions and early lessons learned regarding their relevance, usefulness and acceptance for future European transport policies.

    Race of legislations – Overview on the international legal landscape of autonomous driving

    Dr Volker Hartmann
    Head of Legal Autonomous Driving
    Daimler AG

    Are you (still) in the driver's seat? A global view on the future of mobility

    Patrick Ayad
    Hogan Lovells
    Autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles are transforming the automotive industry like no other innovation in decades. The latest industry trends present a wide range of challenges for traditional and new automotive and mobility companies, but they also offer exciting opportunities for those that manage to enhance their business model from automotive manufacturer to solution and service provider. Reducing exposure to risk and managing the various commercial and legal challenges requires organisations to anticipate and be prepared to navigate through the emerging legal risks. This presentation explores the major trends affecting the automotive market. The impact of these developments on some legal areas will be identified and then mapped to the business changes that will result.

    Law Commissions' review of UK regulation of automated vehicles

    Jessica Uguccioni
    Law Commission of England and Wales
    The Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has asked the Law Commissions to undertake a far-reaching review of the UK’s regulatory framework for automated vehicles. With plans for significant public engagement, the three-year project, starting in early 2018, aims to promote public confidence in the safe use of automated vehicles. The Law Commissions will identify pressing problems in the law that may be barriers to the use of automated vehicles, and their application as part of existing public transport frameworks and innovative on-demand passenger services. In the presentation we introduce the project, some challenges and our approach.

    Regulatory considerations for fleet-based self-driving operations

    Matt Burton
    Legal director II, regulatory development
    As development and testing of self-driving vehicles continues to advance, there is an increasing recognition that the early use cases for such vehicles will be in the context of fleet-based deployment, such as ridesharing/for-hire operations. Although regulators have acknowledged that the deployment spectrum will include these uses, some early proposals still assume a more traditional owner-operator deployment paradigm, which may unintentionally delay introduction of these life-saving technologies. The presentation will discuss possible approaches for achieving regulatory and safety objectives in the context of such fleet-based self-driving operations.

    European road traffic legislation and conditional automation (SAE Level 3)

    Dr Mathias Schubert
    How will automated vehicles impact the determination of liability for accidents? Germany was first to address this in 2017. Non-driving activities, notably in the context of conditional automation, was one of the hotly debated topics. In the UK, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill is pending in Parliament. This bill would impose liability on the insurer of an 'automated vehicle' that causes an accident 'when driving itself'. Just what constitutes an 'automated vehicle'? The ABI leans towards reserving this notion for SAE Level 4 and 5, thus eclipsing Level 3 technology. Are we facing an exercise of squaring the circle?

    Cybersecurity regulation in vehicles and its impact on civil liability

    Dr Philipp Egler
    Bird & Bird LLP
    Dr Simon Assion
    Specialised lawyer
    Bird & Bird LLP
    The more IT is integrated into vehicles, the higher the relevance of IT security regulation. When IT is controlling critical parts of vehicles, security and safety are essential. This is also reflected in the legal requirements for effective cybersecurity, which will be discussed from both a regulatory and a civil liability perspective. Regulatory requirements for cybersecurity in vehicles have four sources: general product security and safety rules; general cybersecurity requirements (arising inter alia from the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), from the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive and from EU telecommunications regulation); type approval procedures for vehicles and their components; and regulations for the infrastructure on which the vehicles rely. Against this regulatory backdrop, a great variety of civil liability questions arise that will become relevant in case of accidents due to cyberattacks. Significant financial risks could result therefrom for all players active in the automotive industry. The multitude of parties involved in the production of vehicles (and especially the onboard software) and the novelty of the subject result in legal uncertainty. We will provide valuable guidance on the direction in which the case law may develop.

    The driverless safety paradox and criminal law

    Luciano Butti
    Affiliated professor of international environmental law
    University of Padua (I) - Department of Environmental Engineering
    In our driverless future, we will face a safety paradox: far fewer accidents, but also some new kinds of accidents, due to technological failure. Who will be criminally liable? The answer will partly depend on how artificial intelligence algorithms are being designed, in the context of deep learning. Criminal law will need to be gradually moved from the Newtonian universe where it was first raised, towards a probabilistic approach. This will give new life to the traditional theories on legal necessity. At the end of this process, not just our lifestyle will change, but also our anthropological relationship with cars.

    Roads to driverless – the future law of highways

    Alex Glassbrook
    Temple Garden Chambers
    Autonomous vehicles will have profound effects on the environments in which they operate. Alex Glassbrook (British barrister and writer on the law of driverless cars) explores the development of the laws of roads during the century since the emergence of motor vehicles in the UK, and asks how roads and laws might evolve to cope with new species of vehicles.

    How will road operators need to adapt to autonomous vehicles? Are the highways ready to accept autonomous vehicles? Should autonomous vehicles be separated from human drivers?

    Susanne Marczian
    Manager sustainable mobility
    Ford Motor Company
    Katherine Dale Sheriff
    Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout
    Christan Kessell
    Partner - head of the International Automotive Group
    Bird & Bird LLP
    Michael Dan Vardi
    Co-founder and CBO

    Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

    Understanding Corporate Risk, Product Liability, Recalls, & Data Responsibility Concerns of CAV’s

    Leading from the front: delivering a diverse autonomous mobility service

    Peter Sorgenfrei
    Autonomous Mobility
    Conceptualising and developing autonomous vehicles is difficult. Getting them on the road or up in the air might prove even more difficult. Manufacturers, lawmakers, customers, road authorities, cities, municipalities and decision makers is a dizzying maelstrom of stakeholders to organise. Danish company Autonomous Mobility is so far the only company in the world that will tie all the components together and deliver autonomous mobility on demand. What are the opportunities and barriers for introducing autonomous mobility solutions in societies unfamiliar with the technology? What is Autonomous Mobility doing today to ensure success in an increasingly competitive and confluent environment?

    From Job 1 to Lawsuit 1: the legal lifecycle of an OEM whose innovation gets ahead of the legislation

    Alex Geisler
    Duane Morris
    This presentation follows the fortunes of Big Auto, a fictitious OEM. Big Auto has a simple three-word strategy: Get In Front. Its mission is to develop and release its autonomous features in every possible market, ahead of the competition. But how will Big Auto achieve this, and is it sound strategy?

    Where do autonomous vehicles fit into automotive law and regulation?

    Anthony Cooke
    Vice president for policy and regulation
    Luminar Technologies Inc
    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 undoubtedly 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?

    Data rights and responsibilities: access, competition and product liability

    Dr Thomas Funke
    Osborne Clarke
    Ulrich Bäumer
    Osborne Clarke
    Business models and innovation depend on access to the in-vehicle systems. Data from connected and autonomous vehicles is becoming essential for repair and servicing markets. European competition and type approval law mandates non-discriminatory access to certain data. But how can competition and safety be balanced? Who is responsible for data hacks, or liable for accidents caused by autonomous vehicles? This session explores the impact of the evolving EU legal framework for the automotive aftermarket, motor insurers, component suppliers and innovative service providers.

    Understanding corporate risk in a connected world

    Andrew Atkins
    Chief engineer - technology
    Connectivity between systems in the transport space represents huge opportunity in service provision, mobility system optimisation and built-environment improvement. However, this same interconnectivity and large-scale movement of data creates risks in terms of management of personal data, financial security and ensuring safe system performance. This paper will explore, through examples, best-practice approaches to determining corporate exposure to these emerging challenges to enable the benefits to be embraced.

    CAVs – trust or bust!

    Dr John McCarthy
    Associate director
    Successful deployment of CAVs is contingent on two equally important and interdependent elements. One of these is the vehicle, obviously, but arguably as important is trust in the data being shared that generates services and information for user and operator alike. Trust between the various elements in the CAV ecosystem (public/private, etc.) is the single biggest blocker to establishing an interoperable, network-efficient deployment of CAVs. Arup proposes the establishment of a GRC (governance/risk/compliance) data arbitration layer that sits above the data aggregators and validates information exchange across all parties and offers consistency/reliability/scalability of services for the customer, manufacturer and road operator.

    Legal challenges with protecting, owning or sharing car data

    Stephan Appt
    Partner / lawyer
    Pinsent Masons LLP
    Data is the new oil but who owns it, who protects it and who must potentially share it with others? The presentation describes the legal framework around car data with (partly contradictory) requirements that have an effect on the business cases of various players within automotive, and challenges established concepts with respect to data protection laws, e-privacy law, liability and the supply chain.

    How to regulate technologies in automated vehicles?

    Azra Habibovic
    Senior researcher
    RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
    To ensure that the development of automated vehicles is going in a desirable direction for society, regulatory bodies must take on the challenge of evolving the necessary regulatory instruments. This presentation addresses how current regulatory processes could manage automated vehicles and how these processes may need to evolve to address the dynamic technological development in a complex socio-technical system. Based on an in-depth review of research and regulatory theories and an extensive series of interviews with various stakeholders, it focuses on how to define and verify requirements on the technology in automated vehicles from a safety perspective without inhibiting innovation.

    How to prepare our roads to support autonomous vehicles

    Michael Dan Vardi
    Co-founder and CBO
    As autonomous vehicles (AVs) assimilate into traffic, the role of authorities as traffic operators, regulators and enforcers will remain, but the tools required will change. AVs create two new sets of risks that may happen at scale/simultaneously: system malfunctions (and cyberattacks) and integration risks. Authorities will require independent monitoring capabilities, to ensure rapid response. Unfortunately, tech traffic monitoring today is an expensive tool limited to few roads. Regulation and long sale cycles mean that few innovations can thrive. Supporting local authorities means supporting innovation by creating routes for startups to test and provide much-needed solutions for our roads.

    How can OEM’s and technology suppliers protect themselves from liability cases involving autonomous vehicle technology failure?

    Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change