New York City / Thursday Apr 13,2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

John Villasenor on Driverless Cars

Regulation, Cybersecurity, and Liability

NYU Marron
60 5th Ave
2nd Floor
New York, NY

John Villasenor, a visiting scholar from UCLA, will deliver this presentation, titled "Driverless cars: Regulation, Cybersecurity, and Liability." 

Driverless cars—or more formally, autonomous vehicles—have the potential to greatly improve highway safety. Realizing that potential will require engaging with a set of important questions on issues including regulation, liability, cybersecurity, algorithms, and ethics.

For example, with respect to liability, driverless cars can require a more complex analysis than in the past when apportioning fault for accidents. Cybersecurity challenges include providing the safety and efficiency benefits of highly connected and highly automated vehicles while also minimizing the vulnerabilities to cyberattacks that can accompany increased connectivity and automation. With respect to regulation, a key goal is identifying frameworks that can maximize autonomous vehicle safety while avoiding measures that inadvertently impede innovation and investment. And ethics questions arise in relation to the tradeoffs involved when choosing among multiple harms.

This presentation, which is intended to be highly interactive, will include a discussion of these issues and of how vehicle automation will impact the transportation system and society at large in the coming years.


John Villasenor
John Villasenor
Professor of Engineering, Public Policy, and Managment / UCLA
Non-Resident Senior Fellow / Brookings Institution
National Fellow / Hoover Institution (Stanford University)

John Villasenor is on the faculty at UCLA, where he is a professor of engineering, public policy, and management, as well as a visiting professor of law. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.