Autonomous Vehicles: New Advancements & Their Implications

Exponent Presents at Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum for the Automotive Industry

March 6 - 7, 2024
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Autonomous vehicles are no longer the stuff of science fiction — they're already operating in many jurisdictions. And yet, laws at the local, state, and federal levels barely address the implications of this evolving technology. Electric vehicles, even with their longer history of use and wider adoption, have seen serious concerns emerge around battery safety and reliability. In addition to that, many regulatory, liability, and insurance issues remain unresolved for both EVs and AVs. However, even in this murky situation, some guidelines are emerging. 

Attend Exponent's multidisciplinary expert speaker presentations to discover ways that you and your team can proceed with more confidence in the realms of autonomous and electric vehicles. Learn more and register below to connect with attendees in our Human FactorsMaterials and Corrosion Engineering, and Vehicle Engineering practices. 

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"Latest Technological Advancements and their Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Challenges Part II: The Legal and Regulatory Dynamics in Autonomous Vehicle Technology"

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 6, 2024 | 2-3 P.M. CST

Speaker: Ryan Harrington, M.E., Principal, Vehicle Engineering

The landscape for autonomous vehicles remains without federal rules or regulations, leaving the legal implications for these vehicles open to interpretation and industry standards. Recent safety incidents have heightened the spotlight on this emerging technology, with many legal conundrums.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Highlighting the different approaches to this field across various states and jurisdictions
  • Defining the legal guidelines and forecasting rules and regulations for autonomous vehicles 
  • Examining insurance and criminal liability in the AV context
  • Conducting risk assessments for real world AV trials
  • Anticipating what is on the federal horizon
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"Latest Technological Advancements and their Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Challenges Part III: Navigating the Legal and Regulatory Landscape of Electric Vehicles"

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 6, 2024 | 3-4 P.M. CST

Speaker: Nicholas Faenza, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, Senior Managing Engineer, Materials and Corrosion Engineering


  • Exploring safety and environmental legislation affecting EV batteries, from production to end-of-life disposal and recycling
  • Detailing how the Clean Air Act is impacting the development and adoption of EVs
  • Analyzing the implications of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards on fuel economy targets
  • Assessing the implications of EV warranties, consumer rights, and how they're governed by existing protections
  • Understanding the legal implications of integrating ADAS and autonomous technologies in EVs
  • Adapting to new insurance models and liability considerations unique to the EV landscape
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