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A podcast that analyzes legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles.


Thinking About Potential AV Litigation

Host and litigator Zach Adams, product liability attorney Jon Feczko and business and transactional attorney Tod Northman discuss what auto accident lawsuits will look like as autonomous vehicles start to share the roads with human-driven cars. In a wide-ranging conversation, each shares his vision of AV litigation.

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Show Notes

  • 1:14 – Hurdles to mass implementation of autonomous vehicles
  • 3:10 – I wouldn’t have had that accident – What happens when AVs cause accidents that careful human drivers would avoid?
  • 6:00 – How does the AV industry shift public perception about the safety of autonomous vehicles?
  • 10:38 – Limits to building the safety case for AVs using statistics
  • 14:10 – Are we there yet? How safe is safe enough?
  • 16:35 – How accidents involving AVs will be different
  • 20:26 – Who gets sued if an AV is involved in an accident?

Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0

How are autonomous vehicles regulated in the United States? Is it the right approach? In the inaugural episode of DRIVERLESS, host Zach Adams speaks with product liability litigator Jonathan Feczko and business and transportation lawyer Tod Northman, both partners at Tucker Ellis, about “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicle 3.0.” The Department of Transportation issued the latest guidance in early October 2018, and the trio dig into the document, establish the regulatory context for the guidance, and evaluate the ramifications of the DOT’s approach.  Drawing from their differing legal backgrounds, Zach, Jon and Tod assess who won with the document, who lost, and what issues were not adequately addressed. They also discuss why the federal government has taken the approach it has, despite legitimate concerns raised by safety and privacy advocates.

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Show Notes

  • 1:10 – Best of AV 3.0
  • 3:45 – What’s Missing?
  • 5:42 – Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • 8:55 – Regulatory Landscape
  • 11:00 – Winners
  • 15:07 – Human Drivers for the Win
  • 20:47 – Federal Support for the AV Industry
  • 22:50 – Impact of Guidance on State and Local Governments
  • 25:43 – AV Safety
  • 31:20 – Big Auto Meets Big Data
  • 37:09 – Information Gathering

Welcome to Driverless!

Welcome to Driverless, a podcast devoted to analyzing the legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles and other artificial intelligence technologies! In this teaser, host Zach Adams details how upcoming episodes will explore policy and regulation implications, legal liability questions, corporate and business considerations, and how these issues intersect with the technologies driving the future of transportation. Tune in on November 7th for the release of the first episode of Driverless!

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