News Roundup: Serious Crash Involving Self-Driving Uber Car Under Investigation, Why Driverless Crash Liability Should Be Modeled After Vaccine Laws, and More

Jennifer van der Kleut

A roundup of recent headlines to come out of the driverless and connected-car industries over the past week:

Uber’s self-driving test cars return to the roads after 3-day halt following serious crash

Uber’s fleet of self-driving test cars returned to the roads in San Francisco Monday after the entire program was halted for three days following a serious crash in Arizona Saturday. Testing in Tempe, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania remains halted as the investigation into the crash continues. Police in Tempe, Arizona said the accident occurred when a normal human-driven vehicle failed to yield to the driverless Uber car in an intersection. The two cars collided, causing the Uber car to roll over. Tempe police reported that the driver of the normal car was cited for the accident. An Uber employee was sitting behind the wheel of the Uber car, and fortunately was not injured. Uber representatives say a more detailed report will be released after the investigation concludes. Read more from TechCrunch. See photos and video from the accident on ABC15 Arizona.


What if driverless vehicle legislation were modeled after vaccine compensation cases?

In this article, Automotive News writer Katie Burke presents an interesting theory, in which legislation regarding liability in driverless vehicle collisions were modeled after the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. That law created the Office of Special Masters within the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, with the sole purpose of hearing cases in which a family claims their child was injured as a result of a vaccine. The law also created a special fund from which families who prove their child’s injury was caused by a vaccine are compensated. The act marked a turning point for U.S. pharmaceutical companies, allowing them to confidently continue researching and creating new vaccines without fear of losing billions in injury lawsuits. Burke thinks modeling legislation regarding liability in driverless car crashes in a similar way will encourage automakers working on developing the technology to continue their work without similar fears. What do you think of the idea? Read more from


North Dakota Senate unanimously passes law requiring full study of autonomous vehicles

On Monday, the North Dakota Senate passed a new law 45-0 requiring the Department of Transportation (DOT) to work with the technology industry to conduct a study of the use of autonomous vehicles on the state’s highways. In addition, the study will focus on laws surrounding self-driving vehicles, including licensing, registration, insurance, ownership of data, and inspections. Results of the study must be presented at the next general assembly. In the same session, the Senate rejected a related bill that would have made the owner of a driverless vehicle the owner of any data gathered by or stored within the vehicle. Presumably, lawmakers want to encourage driverless vehicle manufacturers to share data collected by the vehicles with transportation agencies to allow for continued improvement of systems. Read more from InForum.


Photo Credit: Uber

News Roundup: California DMV’s New Proposed Driverless Car Regulations, How Alexa and Cortana May Soon Take Over Your Car, and More

Jennifer van der Kleut

A roundup of some of the biggest headlines to come out of the driverless and connected-car industries over the past week:

Many applaud California DMV’s newly proposed regulations for testing driverless cars

This past Friday, March 10, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released new proposed regulations for the testing of driverless cars in public, which look remarkably like laws recently passed in Michigan. Many are applauding all the changes made since releasing a significantly stricter version back in September. DMV reps say they listened closely to a wealth of feedback from stakeholders after the September draft and implemented many of them. In particular, the new regulations reverse their previous requirements that driverless test cars must have a human driver in the car while testing in public, and that prototype vehicles must include a steering wheel and pedals (which reportedly made Google/Waymo executives very happy). However, if the vehicle does not include those conventional features, the manufacturer must show the DMV they have approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A mandatory 45-day comment period is currently in effect, ending April 24, after which a public hearing will take place. DMV representatives said they hope the regulations will officially go into effect by the end of the year. Read more from Bloomberg Technology.


Automakers turn to personal assistance tech like Cortana, Alexa to develop better connected-car voice commands

While systems like Ford’s Sync are already appearing in cars on the market today, many industry analysts say the technology still contains many flaws, with limited available commands and continuous voice recognition difficulties. As connected-car technology becomes more and more in demand, automakers like Ford, Volkswagen and Nissan are turning to personal assistant apps like Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana to improve in-car voice command systems. VW announced they are trying to combine Alexa with their Car-Net system and apps so that, while driving, you can ask Alexa to do things like add items to your ongoing shopping list that is synced between your car and your personal device. Reps say you’ll even be able to ask Alexa through your Amazon Echo at home to tell you how much gas your car has in it. Ford said it is integrating Alexa into its current Sync system, with some paired features debuting this summer. Nissan said they are partnering with Microsoft, but have not announced a launch date yet. Read more from CAR magazine.


Whoa! Intel buys Mobileye for more than $15 billion

In the biggest acquisition of an Israeli tech company to date, Intel announced this week that is acquiring Mobileye for an astounding $15.3 billion, after partnering with them since late last year. Mobileye is known for its computer vision systems for autonomous cars, including sensor fusion, mapping and front- and rear-facing camera technology. They are also working on crowdsourcing data for high-definition maps, as well as getting involved in policies and regulations surrounding autonomous driving. Intel has been getting involved with driverless technology as of late, most recently partnering with Mobileye and BMW and pledging $250 million to invest in the technology, particularly how much data autonomous cars can generate. The sale of Mobileye to Intel is expected to take about nine months to close. Read more from TechCrunch.

News Roundup: Mass. State Senator Introduces Bill to Allow Zero-Emission Driverless Cars, Skipping Driverless Cars and Going Straight to Passenger Drones, and More

Jennifer van der Kleut

A roundup of headlines to come out of the driverless, connected-car industry in the past week:

Massachusetts Introduces Bill to Self-Driving Cars on Public Streets — As Long As They’re Electric

A new bill has been introduced at the state level in Massachusetts that would provide regulations for autonomous cars on public streets–as long as they’re electric. Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) is preparing to file the bill with the State Senate, and says mandating that self-driving cars be zero-emission will help encourage automakers to be more environmentally friendly, which is line with Massachusetts’s priorities. Lewis said the bill would come with a tax of 2.5 cents per mile, to help offset lost state revenue from gas taxes. He said he welcomes ideas and suggestions and hopes the bill’s introduction will prompt “robust debate.” Read more from The Valley Dispatch.


Op-Ed: Forget Driverless Cars — The Future is Driverless Passenger Drones

Check out this opinion piece from Adam Singola. Singola argues almost suggests that simply making cars driverless is a waste of time, when we can take it one step further and make them flying, too. Singola said the future of transportation is flying passenger drones. He points out that one thing that makes human-driven cars so dangerous is the fact that they have to share the road with passengers, cyclists, unexpected objects and poor road quality, not to mention other cars. Therefore, he says driverless passenger drones will be safer, and will render things like parking problems, traffic congestion, and road construction obsolete. He also describes a ride he recently took in an actual passenger drone. Read more on TechCrunch.


U.S. Department of Transportation Identifies 10 ‘Proving Grounds’ for Testing Autonomous Vehicle Technology

In a move that many say will help the U.S. keep up with its Asian and European rivals, the U.S. Department of Transportation this week officially designated 10 sites across the country that officials say will act as “official sites for validating the technology,” as run by top organizations working on the technology. Automakers will be able to share the facilities to test their autonomous prototypes, and officials said they hope working in “close proximity” to others working on the same technology will allow them to share best practices and data. The 10 sites are run by the following organizations across the country: Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute; the Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership; Maryland’s U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center; California’s Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and GoMentum Station in Concord, California; the San Diego Association of Governments in California; Michigan’s American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run; the Iowa City Area Development Group; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners; and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. Read more from Bloomberg Technology.

Photo: Acura driverless car being tested at GoMentum Station in Concord, California.

News Roundup: Group Wants a 50-Year Ban on Driverless Cars, Las Vegas Gets a Driverless Shuttle Downtown, and More

Jennifer van der Kleut

A roundup of recent headlines from the driverless and connected-car industries:

Groups advocate for ban on driverless cars due to projected job losses

A number of transportation labor groups are starting to pop up across the U.S., advocating for a ban on driverless cars due to the number of jobs they expect the technology to eliminate. In particular, New York’s Upstate Transportation Agency is seeking a 50-year-ban on the technology, stating they expect 4 million jobs to be lost, or 3 percent of America’s workforce. In addition, the Independent Drivers Group is advocating for keeping the law that requires at least one hand on a car’s steering wheel at all times, which they believe will effectively ban driverless cars as well. Read more from The Daily Dot.


China signs off on plans for world’s largest autonomous driving test zone

Officials in Zhangzhou, China have signed off on plans to designate a 56km-wide zone of the city to act as the world’s largest autonomous drive test area. Chinese news outlets describe the plans as consisting of a “city-level lab road network with complete traffic signs.” The designated zone will also include a 600,000-square-meter closed testing ground and a two-million-square-meter open experimental field. Michigan’s similar testing area, known as Mcity, will reportedly help with Zhangzhou’s plans. Officials said they hope the zone will debut by the end of the year. Read more from China Daily.


Driverless shuttle debuts on Las Vegas streets

Canadian transport operator Keolis has partnered with Navya Technologies to run a driverless shuttle along the streets of Las Vegas. The city of Las Vegas recently designated an “Innovation District” for the testing of cutting-edge technology. Keolis recently purchased four Navya shuttles to test out driverless technology in select areas across Europe, and the two companies ran a trial in Lyon, France in September. The new shuttle, called Arma, is transporting passengers along east Fremont Street between Las Vegas Boulevard and Eighth Street, alongside regular street traffic, and can carry up to 12 passengers. The two-week trial will last from Jan. 11 to 20. The shuttle reportedly travels at a speed of around 15km per hour. Read more from the Las Vegas Sun.

Photo: Arma shuttle by Navya and Keolis drives through Las Vegas. Credit: Navya

News Roundup: Google Forms Self-Driving Car Company Called ‘Waymo,’ Uber Starts Testing Driverless Taxis in San Francisco Without Permission, and More

Jennifer van der Kleut

A look at some of the most interesting headlines to come out of the driverless and connected-car industries this past week:

Google spins out driverless car arm into its own company: Waymo

It’s finally happened–Google has officially launched its own self-driving car company, known as Waymo. Google officially announced the formation of Waymo this week on Dec. 13, 2016, along with the launch of Waymo’s own website. Using the same fleet the company has been testing in four U.S. cities over the past few years, Waymo says its next steps will be to start allowing people to test drive its self-driving cars “to do everyday things like run errands or commute to work.” Read more on Waymo’s website.


Uber starts testing self-driving taxis in San Francisco without DMV’s permission

The industry marveled when Uber rolled out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh earlier this year, but the government was less than happy when the ride-hailing giant began trying out autonomous taxis in San Francisco this week–without the DMV’s permission. Not to mention, some people are reporting seeing the driverless cars make traffic violations such as running red lights. News reports indicate the California DMV is currently trying to get Uber to halt the use of the driverless cars in California until testing permits are finalized. Read more from Business Insider.


Univ. of Iowa to use USDOT grant to research autonomous cars, pedestrians

The University of Iowa will share a $1.4-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation with four other institutions, and says one of the areas it will focus on with the research money is the safety and viability of self-driving transportation. Dr. Joseph Kearney, a computer science professor at the school, said “There’s work being done and work that will be done, that will look at interactions between pedestrians and bicyclists, and automated vehicles and semi-automated vehicles, in order to see how pedestrians respond.” Read more and see video footage from KCRG-TV.

News Roundup: A Semi-Autonomous Motorcycle, Driverless Cars Hit Public Roads in England, and More

Jennifer van der Kleut

A roundup of some of the most interesting news to come out of the driverless, connected-car world this week:

BMW says helmets won’t be needed with their self-balancing motorcycle

While most of the world is focused on semi-autonomous features that can make cars safer, BMW has been quietly focusing on a semi-autonomous motorcycle. This week, the auto manufacturer unveiled its design for the Vision Next 100 bike, with features like semi-autonomous steering and self-balancing wheels. Instead of a helmet, the bike will come with a visor that has an internal display super-imposed over the road and surrounding environment. The bike’s connected-vehicle system will give alerts about obstacles and risks on that display. BMW says the self-balancing wheels are so effective, a rider won’t even need to put their feet down on the ground when they stop, and it will be so hard to crash the bike, traditional helmets and padded, protective clothing won’t be necessary. Read more about the Vision Next 100 on CNNMoney.

Driverless cars tested on UK public roads for the first time

As Britain keeps moving toward its goal of having driverless cars on the road by 2020, a test car hit the public streets of Milton Keynes for the first time on Tuesday. Traveling at about 5 km per hour, the small two-seater driverless pod car navigated the streets of the largely pedestrianized southern town, stopping for people that crossed in front of it and safely turning corners. The pod car, heavily adapted from a compact Renault car, was developed by the Oxford University spin-out Oxbotica. Read more about the driverless car’s first public trip from Reuters.

Lots of driverless news out of California this week

According to news outlets like Ars Technica, Wall Street Journal and Elektrek, things are really heating up in California, where the number of companies that have been issued permits to test autonomous vehicles has just climbed to 17, up by three just since the end of summer. The two newest permits were issued to Wheego, an electric vehicle powertrain engineering company, and Valeo, a familiar name in the industry as a longtime tier-one automotive supplier. Also recently, Chinese tech firm Baidu received a testing permit. In other California news, Elektrek was one of the first to spot prototypes of Google’s long-awaited self-driving Chrysler Pacific mini-vans in Mountain View last weekend, and published a few somewhat grainy photos. Read more recent industry news from Ars Technica.

Image: Vision Next 100 semi-autonomous motorcycle prototype, by BMW.

News Roundup: Tesla Launches Improved Autopilot 8.0, Driverless Taxis Hit the Streets of Singapore, and More

A look at some of the most interesting recent headlines across the industry:


nuTonomy partners with taxi-hailing app Grab to offer robot taxis

Singapore-based taxi-hailing app Grab announced it is partnering with software startup nuTonomy to test out robot taxis to its customers on a trial basis. As of this past Friday, Sept. 23, “Robo Car” is an option offered to customers using the Grab app to hail a taxi in one area of the city-state. The robot taxi must be hailed in advance, and only one passenger is allowed to ride at a time. The passenger will be joined by a safety driver and a support engineer to ensure the ride is problem-free. There are currently two vehicles operating, which had previously been in testing since April. If all goes well, Grab and nuTonomy said they hope to have a fleet of 12 robot taxis on the road by the end of the year, and as many as 100 operating by 2018. Read more from Mobile World Live.


As Tesla releases Autopilot 8.0, Elon Musk says ‘perfect driverless-car safety is impossible’

After a few highly publicized accidents with the previous iteration of Autopilot–one of which killed the car’s driver–Tesla Motors released the new and improved version, Autopilot 8.0, this past Wednesday, Sept. 21. Reports indicate the new version offers better visibility in weather conditions such as fog, improved emergency braking, and auditory alerts that remind drivers to pay attention to the road. In fact, if four warnings within one hour are ignored, the car will reportedly shut down its semi-autonomous features and only allow them to be turned back on if the driver pulls over, parks, shuts off the car and restarts it. Regardless, CEO Elon Musk told media outlets that “perfect driverless car safety is impossible,” and some outlets are saying they agree with that statement. Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.


Verizon pushes to be the top provider of self-driving and connected-car fleet management

Telecommunications giant Verizon is working to position itself as a top manager of self-driving and connected-car fleets. Verizon is becoming a strong provider of telematics services, offering a combination of telecommunications, vehicular technologies and real-time wireless data that are central to connected cars and self-driving vehicles. Verizon most recently made moves to acquire Fleetmatics Group PLC for $2.4 billion and Telogis Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Both companies offer services for managing and operating vehicle fleets, which many believe to be the gateway for acceptance of self-driving cars. Once both deals are closed, Verizon will control about 25 percent of the telematics market, making them the largest provider world-wide. “You can’t have autonomous vehicles if they’re not connected to the Internet, which our best-in-class networks enable. That connection becomes ever more important — the reliability of it, stability of it, security of it — as the stakes associated with autonomous vehicles goes up,” commented Andres Irlando, the CEO of Verizon Telematics Inc. Read more about Verizon’s progress on The Detroit News.

Image: Tesla Motors Autopilot

News Roundup: More Crashes For Google Driverless Cars, Michigan Driverless Car and Hacking Laws Move Forward, and More

Michigan laws that would allow driverless cars on public roads for any reason, address car hacking move forward in House

A law that recently passed unanimously in the Michigan state Senate has been allowed to move forward in the House. The law would allow driverless cars to be driven on public Michigan roads for any reason, not just while being tested. At the same time, another bill moved forward — one that would make hacking into the electronic systems of a vehicle a felony. The next step for the bills will be discussion on the House floor, before deciding if and when to vote. Read more about the two bills on Crain’s Detroit Business.

Google self-driving cars have three collisions in Arizona in August

Google has confirmed that its self-driving test cars were in three collisions in Chandler, Arizona, located in the Phoenix metro area, in August. In two of the accidents, the car was in manual mode, being controlled by a human driver at the time of the crash. One of those collisions involved a drunk driver who rear-ended the Google car, injuring one of its passengers and sending him or her to the hospital with a concussion, according to media reports. In the other, the Google driver was cited in the crash, though investigation suggests the driver of the other car actually ran a red light and hit the Google car while making a left turn. In the third accident, the car was in autonomous mode when it was rear-ended by a human-driven car that was stopped at an intersection. Read more about the collisions from the Associated Press on

Utah State University team places in national Autonomous Vehicle Competition

A team of engineering students from Utah State University (USU) took second place in last week’s Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) in Colorado. Their vehicle, called the “USU Cruiser,” was the only one that completed the test course and made it all the way to the end. The team said the secret to their success was a “slow but steady” approach, and how quickly their robotic car was able to course-correct if it lost its orientation or got confused. The team said they hope to improve upon the Cruiser and enter it again in next year’s AVC. Read more about the USU Cruiser on the College of Engineering’s website.

Europe Plans Autonomous Track Days

Burney Simpson

Europe plans to hold a series of autonomous vehicle track days starting this November 15-16 at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire in the United Kingdom.

The Self Driving Track Days (SDTD) are the first of their kind in Europe, according to event organizer Sense Media Events.

The first four track days are scheduled for tracks in the UK, Austria and France. Plans call for them to continue every quarter across the Continent.

The track days offer a public venue where developers, mechanics, engineers, manufacturers, and hobbyists can gather and test their technology on safe grounds away from the office or garage. The events are open to researchers but not to spectators.

“Teams at commercial, academic or hobbyist level can explore autonomous vehicle technology in a safe, affordable and collaborative environment, and have access to specialist training that only experienced industry professionals can deliver,” Alex Lawrence-Berkeley, co-founder of the SDTD and a Sense Media marketing manager said in a release.


Organizers have set safety standards for the events. All vehicles must have a ‘kill switch’ that can be operated remotely; drivers and passengers must wear helmets, gloves and boots; the event “will not at any time, include any element of racing,” are a few of the listed rules.

The European track days follows an Autonomous Track Day held last May at the Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California (See “Driverless Innovators Gather at Autonomous Track Day”).

Joshua Schachter and leaders from Harbrick (now PolySync), Renovo, and Innovect organized the Thunderhill event. It brought in firms active in autonomous vehicles, drivetrain innovation, sensors and cameras, software and algorithms, and connected cars.

The schedule for Self Driving Track Days includes:

  • Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicestershire, UK, November 15-16; includes 1.6 km multilane motorway straight;
  • Driving Center Castellet, Provence, France, February 21-22, 2017; racing circuit with separate handling areas;
  • Longcross Test Track, Surrey, UK, May 10-11, 2017; surfaced and unsurfaced test circuits;
  • Zentrum Teesdorf, Vienna, Austria, July 28-29, 2017; flagship event with four circuits, including a road-training center, handling circuit, off-road area and others, plus multiple face-to-face training workshops, networking.

Organizers are also holding free meet-ups on the SDTD September 16 at Google Campus London and September 20 at AutoWorld Brussels.

Sense Media is the organizer of the AutoSens Conference being held September 20-22 in Brussels.

Photo: Zentrum Teesdorf track.

Blind Don’t Have a Seat at Driverless Planning Table – Advocate

Burney Simpson

The blind and others with disabilities are being shut out as self-driving vehicle developers like Google design the car interior and interface with users, the president of the  National Federation of the Blind said this week.

Instead, it appears as if the developers intend to unveil the completed product and just move on, said Mark Riccobono at the Federation’s Baltimore headquarters.

“Google says they are still developing the inside of its car. But they want to be done by 2020. That’s soon,” said Riccobono. “My fear is we come to that end and they say ‘What do you think?’ We think we should provide input now.”

The blind should be part of a group “that forges what the interface looks like. These vehicles present an opportunity for everybody, not a select few,” Riccobono said.

There were more than 7.3 million U.S. adults with visual disabilities in 2013, according to the Federation.

Google has said its self-driving cars could provide mobility to millions of people with disabilities who now rely on public transit or friends and relatives to get them around.

One of the first non-Googlites to ‘drive’ the test Koala car was Steve Mahan, a blind man from Morgan Hill, Calif. A Google video of Mahan’s ride around town in 2012 has had nearly 7.6 million views on YouTube.

Riccobono spoke Wednesday to Maryland’s Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Working Group as it plans policy recommendations for the operation of the vehicles in the state. The Federation hosted the group.


Riccobono has some driving experience even though he was declared legally blind when he was five.

BlindGloves1In 2011, he completed the Blind Driver Challenge at the Daytona International Speedway (click for video) in Florida driving a Ford Escape. He drove the 3.6 mile course solo, turning the SUV, switching lanes, avoiding obstacles placed in the road, and passing another vehicle.

The Escape was equipped with sensors and other self-driving technology. Riccobono used a tactile signaling system that the Federation designed with the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. 

Riccobono wore gloves that sent vibrating signals to his right or left hand to indicate steering direction and the degree of a turn. His seat cushion vibrated at different levels to suggest accelerating or braking.

Riccobono said he never considered that the blind could drive until he learned about the autonomous technology being developed out of DARPA challenges a decade ago. The Federation began researching the idea and eventually partnered with VaTech.

The National Federation of the Blind is a 76-year-old not-for-profit with chapters in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. It operates training and service programs, provides scholarships, advocates on Capitol Hill and at the state level, and offers an audio news service. The Federation claims about 50,000 active members, according to Wikipedia.

Maryland’s autonomous vehicle working group includes representatives from the Maryland Department of Transportation and its divisions, state police, various agencies sure to be impacted by self-driving vehicles, trade organizations from the auto OEMs and trucking groups, and others.

It plans to present its recommendations to the state’s Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn before the next session of the Maryland legislature in January, 2017.

MDOT formed the Working Group when the state legislature twice shot down proposals to create and fund its own working group.

Photo from Google video of blind driver test. Photo of tactile equipment at Blind Driver Challenge by National Federation of the Blind Kentucky chapter.



Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress 2017

* This event is held alongside Automotive Texting Expo Detroit

There are still no firm universal rules or regulations in which autonomous vehicles can operate, and the potential legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles are undefined. This conference is to discuss and explore how to create a regulatory framework to enable further public testing of autonomous and driverless vehicles.

It will also debate which regulatory and legal challenges must be addressed before autonomous vehicles can be purchased and used by consumers. Over the course of the two days, the conference will address a number of key unresolved issues, such as:

  • 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
  • Authorizing police and law enforcement agencies to intercept and remotely stop self-driving vehicles
  • Allocating civil and criminal liability in the event of a cyber attack, vehicle hacking or deliberate interference with an automated vehicle.

The Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress will be the world’s first dedicated meeting place for:

  • Policy makers
  • Transportation authorities
  • Highway safety administrators
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Technology and software companies
  • Legal authorities
  • Automotive suppliers
  • Transportation policy makers
  • Transportation authorities
  • National and local government transportation departments
  • Highway safety advisors
  • DOTs
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers
  • Law firms
  • OEM and supplier legal departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Vehicle fleet operators


We are inviting you to put forward a conference paper for consideration. The paper should provide a technical insight, share unique challenges and experiences, and discuss technical solutions. If you have worked on a successful project, have an opinion you’d like to share with the industry, or a theory you would like to discuss, you should submit your paper’s title and a 100-150-word abstract.

To submit a proposal for the 2017 conference: click here

If you wish to discuss your proposal, call or email Andrew Boakes, conference director, on +44 1306 743744 or email