AAA commenced conducting surveys to evaluate consumer attitudes concerning fully autonomous vehicles in 2016. An updated version of the survey, based upon research conducted in January 2019, reveals that 71 percent of U.S. drivers would be afraid to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle.

Other significant findings include:

  • 53 percent of U.S. drivers would be

As we discussed in our January 8 post, federal, state, and local agencies are struggling with the lack of uniform standards governing the development and testing of autonomous vehicles. A recent report prepared for Uber Advanced Technologies Group by RAND Corporation, Measuring Automated Vehicle Safety: Forging a Framework, attempted to create a framework measuring safety

Yesterday, at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, it was announced that top auto makers have united to form Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE).  PAVE’s mission is to educate “policymakers and the public about automated vehicles and the increased safety, mobility and sustainability they can bring.” Current members include Toyota, General Motors, WAYMO,

Advancing autonomous vehicles to widespread use requires significant testing, and if that testing is performed in real world conditions, safety of third parties must be an ongoing and evolving paramount concern. The March 2018 crash of an Uber Advanced Technologies Group (UATG) autonomous vehicle in Arizona resulted in the death of a pedestrian.  Local and

Robert Campedel

In an “Expert Analysis” piece published by Law360, Eckert Seamans Member Robert Campedel addresses how the rise of autonomous vehicles and the transportation as a service (TaaS) industry are affecting the insurance industry, particularly in regard to product liability coverage. Read the full article on Law360. (Subscription may be

Steven Kramer

In an “Expert Analysis” piece published by Law360, author Steven Kramer, member-in-charge of Eckert Seamans’ White Plains office, explores unique product liability issues that are coming into play in online marketplaces and companies involved in the transportation as a service, or TaaS, industry. Read the full article on