Accident Reconstruction, the Autonomous Vehicle and ADAS C1869

Topics: Accident Reconstruction

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has a Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination Policy for visitors. The class scheduled October 4-5th 2022 at their facility require confirmed vaccination.

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.

Please bring your laptop and calculator with you to this course.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 12 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.

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

  • Overview of the Available Technology
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert
    • Lane departure warning and lane keeping
    • Lane centering
    • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
    • Traffic signal awareness
    • Full automation
  • SAE Levels of Self-Driving Vehicles
    • Level 1: Cruise Control
    • Levels 2-3: Adaptive cruise control and lane keeping/departure warning
    • Levels 4-5: Hands-off operation
    • The significance of fallback performance
  • The Enabling Technologies
    • Sensors
      • Sonar/ultrasound
      • Cameras, including driver monitoring
      • Radar
      • GPS
      • LIDAR
      • V2V/V2I
    • Computing capabilities
    • Actuators
      • EPAS (Electric Power Assist Steering)
      • Throttle by wire
      • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) brake control
    • Infrastructure
      • Road mapping
      • Networked signal timing
  • Breakout on above topics
    • Sonar/ultrasound
    • Radar – forward 2 stage, BLIS/CTA, and range/speed/azimuth. Reflective values
    • LIDAR – 360 degree scene mapping and need for high computing power
    • V2V/V2I – Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure; Platooning and advance warning of road conditions; Partial adoption effects
    • Computing capabilities
      • Image classification
      • Artificial intelligence and neural nets
      • Probabilistic decision making
  • Current state of rapidly changing technology
    • Current OEM production
    • Supplier and independents
  • Standards and Protocols
    • Surrogate vehicles
  • Media and public perception
  • Liability and Litigation
    • Current status
    • Crash and injury statistics
    • Future status
    • Insurance implications
  • EDR Examples
  • Examples of ADAS – Successes and Challenges
  • Future Work
    • Exemplar EDR data
    • Fingerprinting ADAS performance
  • Morning - Hands-on Testing
  • Walking tour of ADAC barrier, ped mannequins and IIHS data acquisition setup
  • AEB scenarios - IIHS AEB Test Protocol, minus brake burnishing
  •  Ped scenarios - Perpendicular adult, plus perpendicular child and parallel adult if time/resources permit
  •  Ped scenario - cardboard cutout for camera-only Ped-AEB demo
  •  Toyota Techstream download of any available Toyotas used in testing
  •  CDR download of any ASCM-equipped GM vehicles
  • Afternoon - Classroom: Testing debrief, and Aftermarket wrap-up
Alan Moore

alan mooreMr. Moore is a mechanical engineer and principal of A.B. Moore Forensic Engineering. He specializes in vehicle accident reconstruction, vehicle design analysis, and mechanical engineering consulting.  His past experience includes two decades of accident reconstruction and automotive engineering. He previously worked at Ford Motor Company and General Dynamics as a vehicle design engineer. Mr. Moore also serves as a high-performance driving coach for aspiring race car drivers through the Porsche Club of America. Mr. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Board Certified Forensic Engineer, and an ACTAR-certified accident reconstructionist.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Format: Classroom

Event ID: LM055

Location: Ruckersville, Virginia

Session Info:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fees: $1,299.00

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