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The University of Michigan Law School

         The University of Michigan Law School

 Autonomous Vehicles Symposium


Date: 03/15/2019
Time: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Contact: Rickard,Jenny

Location: Jeffries Hall 1225

Description: Just what does it mean to program connected and automated vehicles to follow the law? Any human driver can tell you that what occurs on the street everyday does not follow the letter of the law – but what about a non-human driver? Should CAVs follow the law to the letter, or should they behave more like the human drivers they will be sharing the road with? And once CAVs are on the road, how do we regulate their actions? Without a human to point to as the operator of a vehicle who is responsible for the vehicles actions?

The goal of this conference is to bring together experts from industry, government, and academia to consider these questions and suggest potential answers. The day will start with a primer on current legal issues involving CAVs, so participants who are new to the field can better appreciate the detailed conversations to come. The morning will continue with a wider discussion of what it means to follow the law – just what does it say about the law that the experience of driving can be so different from traffic laws? After a keynote by Rep. Debbie Dingell, panel discussions will consider how CAVs interact with the law, and how to enforce laws and regulations on CAV behavior. The day will conclude with audience discussion and feedback, followed by a reception for all attendees.