A Regulatory Framework for Automated Driving: the Value of in-use Data for Creating a no-blame Culture of Safety

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The 5th meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on AI for autonomous and assisted driving (FG-AI4AD) will begin with a joint webinar held in partnership with the Law Commission (England & Wales) and Scottish Law Commission who were asked by the UK Government Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to review the law and regulation for automated driving. This session will provide a high-level overview of the legal and regulatory landscape proposed for the UK in the Law Commissions final consultation paper. It will dig deeper into the data, transparency and trust required to create a no-blame safety culture and how responsibilities shift between drivers, users-in charge, automated driving system entities (ADSE) and fleet operators. It will explore in detail the need for in-use safety assurance and stress test the proposed regulatory framework in the context of The Molly Problem and the related public expectations.

The webinar will provide participants the opportunity to gain a clear understanding of the relationship between international and domestic regulation of automated vehicles, the challenges of introducing new technology into existing legal frameworks and the opportunities created though domestic legal reform.

The webinar will focus upon defining the in-use data of most value as the foundation for a no-blame safety culture which promotes continual learning and improvement in self-driving software. The safety critical questions raised by The Molly Problem will be used to stress test civil and criminal liabilities of the proposed regulatory framework whilst also clearly identifying the role of key stakeholders in recording, reporting and analysing such in-use data.

Target Audience
FG-AI4AD is open to all; developers, OEMs, researchers, academics as well as private sector and governments. Individuals who are members of international, regional and national organisations are welcome to join alongside ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from an ITU member country.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Founder; Director & CSO, Roborace
    Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA)
    Bryn Balcombe is a Founder of the Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA) and the Chief Strategy Officer for Roborace, a motorsport competition for human and AI drivers, designed to accelerate the research and development of Vehicle Intelligence and human machine interfaces required for transportation of the future. His previous experience comes from Formula One where he architected and patented vehicle to infrastructure communication systems and developed the F1 Group’s first global media network. He has also consulted on technology strategy for organisations including the BBC and McCann Worldgroup and has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering & Vehicle Design. Balcombe is the chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving (FG-AI4AD).
    Lead Lawyer of the Automated Vehicles Review
    Law Commission of England and Wales
    Jessica is the lead lawyer for the Law Commissions’ automated vehicles review. The review was requested by the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). It began in 2018 and is due to report at the end of 2021 with recommendations for legal change establishing a regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles on the roads in Great Britain. Jessica’s work on applying laws to AV technologies involves extensive expert and public engagement in the UK and abroad and participating in the UNECE’s working party 1 and its informal group of experts. At the Commission Jessica has previously managed the criminal law team and worked on ride-hailing regulation and consumer protection reform. Before joining the civil service, Jessica was a lecturer in Law at Durham University and had been in private practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and London, specialising in corporate law and intellectual property. She graduated with a BA in Law from Churchill College, Cambridge University and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
    Lawyer, Automated Vehicles Review
    Law Commission of England and Wales
    Connor is a lawyer on the Law Commissions’ three-year review of the UK’s regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles. Before embarking on a legal career, Connor was a neuroscientist who specialised in the quantitative modelling of sensory systems. He has held positions at the University of Queensland in Australia and at the University of Tübingen in Germany.
    Legal Assistant
    Scottish Law Commission
    Elizabeth graduated from the University of Edinburgh with Law LLB Hons (First Class) in 2017 and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2018. She completed her traineeship at a mid-size Edinburgh law firm in 2020, after undertaking seats in medical negligence and family law. In her current role as a legal assistant at the Scottish Law Commission, she is working on a law reform project concerning Aspects of Leases, alongside the Automated Vehicles project.
    Reed Mobility
    Prof. Nick Reed has worked at the cutting edge of transportation research for more than fifteen years. From early studies using driving simulators to examine driver behaviour, he has since been instrumental in connected and automated vehicle projects in the UK to the value of more than £50m, including leadership of the GATEway project in Greenwich and the creation of London's Smart Mobility Living Lab. Nick was Academy Director at TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) before becoming Head of Mobility R&D at Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier. He has since founded Reed Mobility – an independent expert consultancy on future mobility topics working across the public, private and academic sectors including projects for the European Commission, TfL, BSI and RSSB.
    Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the Faculty of Law
    University of Groningen
    Dr. Nynke Vellinga is a postdoctoral researcher at the Security, Technology & e-Privacy Research Group within the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Back in 2020, Nynke successfully defended her PhD thesis, titled ‘Legal Aspects of Automated Driving. On Drivers, Producers, and Public Authorities’, at the same university. This PhD research concerned several legal challenges arising from automated driving, covering topics such as (international) traffic laws and product liability. Nynke has published a number of articles in leading journals on law and technology. In addition, she has co-authored a report on the legislative changes necessary for automated vehicles to be tested on public roads, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (2015). Currently, the legal framework for cybersecurity in automated vehicles is one of Nynke’s main research focuses.
    Head of Verification & Validation of CAV at WMG
    University of Warwick
    Dr Siddartha Khastgir is the Head of Verification & Validation of CAV (Connected and Automated Vehicles) at WMG, University of Warwick, UK, leading various Collaborative R&D projects with industrial & academic partners. His research areas in the CAV domain include test scenarios generation, safety, simulation based testing, Safe AI among many others. Prior to WMG, Siddartha was with FEV GmbH (Aachen, Germany) leading software development and testing for series production automotive control software projects. Currently, he represents the UK on various ISO Technical Committees and is the lead author for new ISO standards for Low-Speed Automated Driving (LSAD) systems (ISO 22737) and Taxonomy for ODD (ISO 34503). He is also the project leader for ASAM standardisation project - OpenODD. He is also a member of SAE ORAD committees.

    He has received numerous national and international awards for his research contributions, including the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, a seven year Fellowship focused on safety evaluation of CAVs and is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list maker.


02 Mar 2021


CET, Geneva
13:00 - 16:00


Smart mobility