Accident Reconstruction, the Autonomous Vehicle and ADAS C1869

Topics: Accident Reconstruction

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. If you have the ability, please download the Toyota TechStream software onto your laptop prior to attending.  And, if you are in possession of a CDR900 or Nexiq USB Link, please bring that with you.

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.

Shawn Harrington and 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.

Shawn Harrington Shawn F. Harrington is an accident reconstructionist and ADAS researcher with an Honors degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Pennsylvania State University. He is the principal and founder of Forensic Rock, a Pennsylvania-based firm specializing in research, analysis, and consulting in the fields of accident reconstruction and ADAS on passenger and commercial vehicles. Mr. Harrington has over 16 years of experience in the field, has a CDL, has testified in state and federal venues throughout the country, and is a Captain with the volunteer Lingohocken Fire Company. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed technical articles in journals like the SAE and Collision Magazine. Mr. Harrington has had the honor of being asked by his peers to present his ADAS and reconstruction research at national accident reconstruction conferences such as the EDR Summit and WREX. He continues to conduct testing, research, and publish on topics such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure systems, pedestrian detection, rear backup scenarios, and more.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Format: Classroom

Event ID: LM071

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Session Info:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fees: $1,999.00

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