Automated & Connected

Accident Reconstruction, the Autonomous Vehicle and ADAS

January 18, 2019 United States SAE International Classroom Seminar

After the crash, you need to know if an autonomous or driver assistance system was installed in the vehicle, if it functioned properly, and if it affected the outcome of the accident. Get a detailed look at the rapidly growing field of self-driving vehicles and driver assistance systems. What is available, how does it work, and what will happen in a crash scenario? How does it affect product liability and accident reconstruction?

Some auto manufacturers are equipping the majority of their new vehicles with such technology, and it’s important for the forensic engineer to “stay ahead of the curve”. We’ll look at how to determine if the systems were installed, if they were enabled, and if they functioned as designed. The presentation will be interspersed with many videos and photos, allowing attendees to experience for themselves the implications of this exciting new field. Examples of the systems at work will be demonstrated.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize what technology exists, both in current production and under development
  • Identify applicable state and federal regulations
  • Explain the ethical and societal implications of the technology
  • Define performance parameters based on currently available standards and protocols
  • Formulate a plan to approach accident reconstruction using the new technology

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers involved in the investigation and analysis of vehicle crashes who need to understand the field of self-driving vehicles, and how to apply it in a collision reconstruction. In addition, this course can be valuable to professionals involved in risk analysis and product liability.


Prior experience with accident reconstruction and the litigation process is beneficial. An engineering background is helpful but not required.

Duration: 1 Day
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