Autonomous Vehicle Expert Witnesses

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

Self driving cars are vehicles that can sense their environment and move safely with little to no human input. An autonomous vehicle relies on sensor technology to perceive their surroundings via such technology as radar, lidar, sonar, GPS, and odometry. Advanced control systems interpret information to identify navigation paths, obstacles and signage. The International Society of Automotive Engineers categorizes five levels of vehicle automation:

  1. Driver assistance (example: adaptive cruise control)
  2. Partial automation (example: Tesla’s autopilot)
  3. Conditional automation (example: a human driver as backup)
  4. High automation (example: Google/Waymo test cars)
  5. Full automation (example: no steering wheel)

An autonomous 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 driverless vehicles might provide testimony in matters such as a product liability case, 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 expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the factual evidence.

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

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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