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 2: Wednesday 20 June

    Europasaal - Level 1 Legal & Regulatory Challenges and Understanding Corporate Risk, Product Liability, Recalls & Data Responsibility Concerns of CAVs


    Tony Robinson
    CEO and founder
    UKi Media & Events


    Leading from the front: delivering a diverse autonomous mobility service

    Pernille Amstrup Lytzen
    Business developer
    Autonomous Mobility AS
    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?


    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?


    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.

    10:40 - 11:20



    Understanding corporate risk in a connected world

    Gareth Milton
    Chief engineer
    Ricardo UK Ltd
    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.


    Autonomous vehicles – let’s tackle the real liability issues

    Daniel Fesler
    Baker McKenzie
    Gregory Lebrun
    Baker McKenzie
    The development of autonomous features on terrestrial vehicles titillates the brains of a multitude of academics and lawyers. But such features are not an absolute novelty; they have been in use for decades on planes and boats. We should analyse what can be learned from those pre-existing autonomous ‘driving’ solutions and dispel some myths, including the idea that it would be up to the legal community, insurers or even legislators to pick the party that will be liable in case of an accident caused by an autonomous vehicle. Although there are definitely legislative answers to some of the lingering questions, as well as some pressure from insurers to know with more or less certainty the responsible party, the law has its own rules – especially when it comes to death or personal injury – from which it is not easy to depart. We should be prepared for a non-revolution even though evolution is taking place.

    12:10 - 13:50



    Rufus Ballaster
    Partner/ co-author – Practical Guide to Drone Law
    Carter Lemon Camerons LLP


    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.


    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.

    14:40 - 15:20



    Safety standards, evidence and dev-ops for autonomous cars

    Thor Myklebust
    Senior researcher and business developer
    SINTEF Digital
    Lately, there has been an increasing use of agile methods when developing safety-critical systems for autonomous cars. ISO 26262 requires a safety case, but when accidents happen with autonomous cars, no one discusses it. A safety case is the main source of evidence of what has been done and not done to ensure safety. Evaluation of the standards ISO 26262-6/IEC61508-3 and their weaknesses are presented. It is important to move towards frequent modifications of the software, after the vehicle has been developed, due to improved operational feedback, technology improvements and security issues.


    Constitutional implications of autonomous driving

    Hans Steege
    Chair of German, European and international civil and commercial law
    Leibniz University Hannover
    Alongside autonomous driving, several constitutional questions appear. The most common obstacle discussed in the media is the ethical dilemma situation where the car has to choose between two or more options. Constitutional law is not only applicable when it comes to the ethical dilemma situation. Furthermore, there are several interesting aspects affiliated to it. In times when the prohibition of diesel cars is being discussed, one might ask if it is possible to prohibit non-autonomous cars when this leads to fewer traffic accidents.

    16:10 - 16:40

    Panel Discussion

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


    Rufus Ballaster
    Partner/ co-author – Practical Guide to Drone Law
    Carter Lemon Camerons LLP


    Katherine Dale Sheriff
    Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout
    Dr Mathias Schubert
    Dr Philipp Egler
    Bird & Bird LLP
    Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change