New Legal Risks Posed by Automated Driving

(622 Ratings)

Produced on: October 10, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Vehicle technology is advancing at a rapid, seemingly implausible pace, with fully autonomous driving the ultimate goal. Although fully automated driving is still years away, significant advancements in automated technology are here today. This new technology is quickly advancing, outpacing current laws and regulations. These advancements expose significant gaps in our traditional legal framework and challenge lawmakers, regulators and the courts. One area of particular note is the increased risk of vehicle cyber-attacks given the sophisticated data connections and sensors in this new automated technology. Understanding the legal implications and risks associated with automated technology is essential for all in-house counsel.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Provide an overview of automated driving technology
  2. Discuss pros/cons of automated technology
  3. Learn about the regulatory and legal barriers to adoption of automated technology
  4. Gain an appreciation of the legal implications of automated driving
  5. Examine current legal and regulatory initiatives relating to automated technology
  6. Understand how criminal and civil liability will need to be assessed in this new era of automated technology
  7. Discover how automated technology creates new risks, including litigation risks, from vehicle cyber-attack vulnerabilities


Alex Fuchs

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

Alex Fuchs advises insurance companies on complex, large-scale litigation matters. He focuses his practice on defending challenges to insurers’ business practices in class action cases and coverage disputes.

He also assists clients with defense of tort, contract and subrogation matters in New York state and federal court.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Alex was an associate in the insurance litigation group at an international law firm in New York. His previous experience includes counseling London market insurers in the defense of complex product liability actions, including matters involving aviation, government contractors defense, the Death on the High Seas Act, the General Aviation Revitalization Act and corporate successor liability.



  • Secured dismissal of claims alleging violations of Missouri’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act on motion to dismiss.
  • Represented Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. and Progressive Direct Insurance Co. in a class action alleging unfair business practices under Connecticut's Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA/CUSPA), tortious interference and unjust enrichment.
  • Defeated class certification in a Georgia class action alleging an auto insurer charged premium and fees for worthless coverage.

Kymberly Kochis

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Kym Kochis counsels insurers on a wide range of litigation and corporate governance matters and advises clients facing government inquiries and investigations. Her extensive knowledge of the insurance industry provides for deft representation of insurers opposing complex class action litigation. She regularly handles matters involving unfair trade practices, consumer fraud, antitrust, ERISA and policy coverage issues, as well as complex breach of contract and tort claims. 

Kym also counsels clients confronted with investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Attorney Offices, Departments of Insurance and Offices of State Attorneys General. Matters of such investigations include Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) requirements, money laundering, finite reinsurance, market timing/late trading, contingent compensation, “pay-to-play” arrangements and various compliance-related issues.

In tune with emerging issues affecting the industry, Kym regularly authors publications about autonomous vehicles and electronic transactions, as well as insurance business practices and class action defense. Kym joined Sutherland from Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton (now Nelson Brown & Co.), where she was a partner and co-chair of the institutional litigation and regulatory practice. She previously was an attorney at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Earlier in her career, Kym gained significant experience in the London Market during a secondment with a leading Lloyd’s of London syndicate. There, she was responsible for all aspects of the syndicate's major claims, which included directors and officers (D&O), professional liability, property and marine claims. Her duties also involved providing U.S. compliance and regulatory advice, responding to all Department of Insurance inquiries and collaborating with the syndicate’s underwriters to develop U.S. policy wording.


Houman D.

Great Speakers! Very Informative!

Brenda W.

Very informative and well presented class.

Michael H.

Excellent course. Very interesting and informative.

Richard R.

Wow, maybe because the subject interests me, but this is one the of BEST CLE courses I have ever taken! Presenters were great too. Thank you so much

Nicholas D.

Very interesting course on this emerging technology.

Leah K.

Did not realize all the implications of automated driving. Very insightful!

Deborah K.

Outstanding presentation.

Kathleen B.

Fascinating topic; great presentation!!

Carolann D.


Richard m.

Tandem speakers were easy to listen to and the subject matter was very interesting

Richard R.

So interesting. Presenters did very well. Thanks.

James M.

Fantastic work!

Michael E W.

Incredible topic, unlimited potential

John K.

This was a very interesting presentation about a new technology area, and it was very well covered, even though much of the topic is not very settled.

Fred M.

The future is hardly clear!

Paul F. C.

Amazing! Very well thought out.

Julie A. B.

Timely topic.

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