PubPol 710.002

PubPol 710.002: Connected and Automated Vehicles: Implications of Enforcement

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Winter 2022
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"Interdisciplinary Problem Solving" is a course offered at the Law School through the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI). (  Through a team-based, experiential, and interdisciplinary learning model, small groups of U-M graduate and professional students work with faculty to explore and offer solutions to emerging, complex problems.

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Instructor: Bryant Walker Smith (Law)

When it comes to enforcing Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) compliance with laws and norms, what are the implications for equity, public health, safety, or individual autonomy? How might governments require CAVs to automatically comply with traffic laws (e.g., speed governors)? How might governments use CAVs to enforce traffic laws and other laws (e.g., drug laws and trafficking laws) against occupants of such vehicles and against other road users (e.g., reporting requirements)? How might private companies use their platforms to enforce laws, norms, or private policies against their users (e.g., restricting robotaxi or social media privileges of a pedestrian who steps in front of a CAV)?

In this class, multidisciplinary student teams will apply ideas from law, engineering, information, and other units, use problem solving and project management tools, and consult with experts to tackle a complex challenge and develop a workable solution in this area.