On March 8, Georgetown Law hosted Professor Bryan Walker Smith, a leading expert on the law of self-driving vehicles.
Utilizing a variety of sensory techniques and advanced control systems, self-driving cars identify navigation paths and obstacles without human input. Professor Smith discussed the emerging legal landscape of autonomous cars, including (1) the deployment of autonomous vehicles for public operation, (2) self-driving cars and criminal liability when robots cause harm, and (3) the issue of autonomous vehicle registration.
Bryant Walker Smith is an assistant professor of law and (by courtesy) engineering at the University of South Carolina. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, chair of the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, reporter to the Study Committee on State Regulation of Driverless Cars of the Uniform Law Commission, chair of the Planning Task Force for the On-Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee of the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers, a faculty affiliate of the Rule of Law Collaborative, and a member of the New York Bar.
Professor Smith appeared as part of Georgetown Law's Legal Studies Colloquium on Edge Technologies, a course taught by Professor Laura Donahue that focuses on new and emerging technologies that are transforming how we think about the law.