Automated Vehicle Expert Witnesses

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Automated vehicle expert witness candidates typically have extensive experience and knowledge in automotive engineering, autonomous vehicles, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or vehicle manufacturing. An automotive engineer specializing in driverless cars may also have a background in artificial intelligence, sensors, or safety. Cahn Litigation Services is frequently called upon by law firms to locate an expert witness that can support issues involving autonomous vehicle technology matters.

Automotive technology is moving towards fully automated cars that drive us, instead of us driving them, known as self-driving vehicles. Many cars on the road today have driver assistance technology aimed at safety. These safety technologies use a combination of hardware (sensors, cameras, and radar) and software focused on crash avoidance.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), places vehicle automation into 6 levels:

An automated vehicle expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters — a patent litigation in federal court or a trade secret dispute. It could be a patent infringement case in the District Court, or a patent case or proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC). An automotive expert in autonomous vehicles might provide testimony in matters such as a product liability case, automated vehicles accident investigation, or a personal injury case.

Litigation support by an automated vehicle expert witness could include an expert report, forensic engineering, expert opinion, accident reconstruction, and expert testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a technical expert with prior expert witness experience. It is essential that an automotive expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the evidence.

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Automated Vehicle Expert Witness - Representative Bios

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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Automated Vehicle experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Automated Vehicle landscape.

Expert Witness #250613

This expert has been involved in the development of automotive safety systems for many years. This evolved to self-driving car technology. The primary emphasis of this expert's work has been on the development of map navigation from vehicle data, including such data as vehicle position, camera data, radar data, and most recently, LiDAR data. This expert's work requires this expert to understand the limitations of these various sensors from an automated driving perspective, as well as how those limitations may be overcome through the use of navigation data to "calibrate" sensors based on their location. This work includes the overall design of vehicle sensor systems in order to develop a comprehensive suite that works in most conditions. This expert has also worked on the necessary communications required to collect this data, and business models to make this practical. In addition, this expert has worked on the development and use of "mapping vans" which use LiDAR as their primary sensors. This expert has worked on approximately 12 intellectual property cases, generally supporting vehicle manufacturers. This expert has provided about 20 expert reports and testified three times. Several of these cases involved driver assistance technologies, such as vehicle radars. This expert's academic background is in the field of physics and included significant work in the field of optics. This expert was also involved in the development of several optical reconnaissance technologies, as well as the development of IR missile seekers.

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Expert Witness #225624

This expert has worked with MEMS in on-board cameras in autonomous self-driving vehicle sensors, automotive convertible top sensors, automotive frontal crash sensors, side impact detection sensors and more. This expert managed an R&D group for the development and testing of accelerometers, pressure sensors and other micromachined devices. This expert invented and patented a digital crash detection algorithm taking data from MEMS accelerometers. This expert has strong experience as an expert witness, having served in over 60 cases, providing testimony in a dozen depositions and testifying at trial four times.

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Expert Witness #250652

This expert is an Associate at a University, and a Co-PI in the National Science Foundation funded National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping. This expert was formerly the Vice President of Engineering for a LIDAR remote sensing company. This expert has been active in the design, development and operation of kinematic remote sensing systems for many years. This expert regularly consults with a LiDAR unit used in almost all autonomous vehicle testing. This expert holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geomatics Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

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