TRL have been appointed by the Department for Transport (DfT) to offer assistance to Police forces who are required to investigate incidents in which vehicles with automated systems are involved. This includes systems where the driver is expected to retain overall command of the vehicle such as Tesla Autopilot, as well as any vehicles approved under the Government’s Automated and Electric Vehicle Act and test vehicles in operation on the UK’s roads (of which there are multiple industry and research trials). This seminar will discuss key objectives for investigations involving vehicles with highly automated driver assistance or automated driving capabilities. This may include establishing whether a highly automated driver assistance system was being used by a driver at the time of an incident, however, where driver assistance systems are used a driver will always retain responsibility for the safe operation of a vehicle. Where a fully automated system is in full legal control of a vehicle the question of responsibility for breaches of the law and negligence fall towards entities such as the manufacturer, the automated control system developer, the operator, the vehicle maintaining agent, etc. The seminar will explore the core questions relevant to such investigations with a view to enabling investigators to take a structured approach to the investigation of automated collisions and to share experiences of UK based and international investigations.
This webinar will be presented by Iwan Parry. Iwan is a Principal Consultant at TRL, he is an accomplished technical expert with over 25 years’ experience in road traffic incident investigation, road safety engineering, road safety research and ‘new’ mobility innovation. Iwan’s role at TRL involves providing consultancy advice in collision investigation and conducting research into emerging topics in collision investigation. He is an experienced expert witness having investigated several hundred cases, providing written and verbal evidence in respect of these investigations. From the early 2000’s Iwan led TRL’s work in the use of computer simulation and visualisation in road traffic accident investigation which resulted in the first uses of collision simulation in the UK’s Courts. Iwan has engaged with several innovative fields within the insurance, automotive and mobility sectors including the development and testing of road user risk and collision detection algorithms used by telematics devices, the development and delivery of connected and automated vehicles research programmes and creating the technical vision for TRL’s connected and automated mobility test-bed, the Smart Mobility Living Lab: London.
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