Autonomous Vehicles: Practical, Legal and Regulatory Concerns

November 10, 2016 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3043

Autonomous vehicles are no longer a concept of the future. Over the past few months, Uber launched a fleet of driverless cars, Google reported that its autonomous fleet clocked over two million miles, and several companies announced plans to enter the market. However, recent accidents, including one fatal, have raised concerns over how this rapidly-changing technology should be regulated and whether it's truly ready for public use. This panel will examine these concerns while discussing potential regulations, constitutional concerns, liability litigation and the auto industry's approach to these issues. Panelists include Judge Stephen Murphy, III (Eastern District of Michigan), Harry Lightsey (Executive Director, Global Connected Customer, Public Policy at General Motors), and Bill Curtin (Global Head of M&A at Hogan Lovells) and moderated by Professor Jeff Ward. Sponsored by Duke Law & Technology Review and Law & Entrepreneurship Society. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Emily Harrington at