Investigate Potential Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Liability Issues Within TxDOT

Connected and automated vehicles (CAV) promise momentous and positive changes to most aspects of modern life. Mobility is likely to be characterized by collaborative, communicative and driverless vehicles operating in a connected network of vehicles, infrastructure and wireless devices. One of the most uncertain and as yet undefined areas where change can be expected is legislation surrounding the licensing and operation of these technologies. Questions of liability dominate research and conversation about how to manage new mobility paradigms, including in areas of state and local government tort liability. And although governmental entities typically enjoy some level of sovereign immunity, there are areas identified in state law where they have limited liability for specific torts. This research project identifies potential tort liability for TxDOT and other governmental agencies associated with CAV technologies. The research team will provide foundational research necessary for TxDOT to proactively identify, assess and address legal liabilities that may arise under current law and legal liabilities that may arise under new law as the result of CAV implementations.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $299,476
  • Contract Numbers:

    0-7130

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Steele, Joanne

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Stoeltje, Gretchen

  • Start Date: 20210901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01782706
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7130
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2021 11:13AM