Show Notes: A Future With Autonomous Vehicles

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Episode 6: A Future With Autonomous Vehicles

UVA Law professor Kenneth Abraham and alum Mike Raschid ’86, chief legal officer and vice president of operations at Perrone Robotics, discuss what a future with autonomous vehicles will mean for liability and beyond. More

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Show Notes: A Future With Autonomous Vehicles

Kenneth Abraham

Kenneth Abraham is a David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He is a nationally recognized scholar in torts, liability and insurance law. Abraham is a life member of the American Law Institute, having served on its governing council, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has applied his expertise as both consulting counsel and expert witness in a diversity of major insurance coverage cases. His scholarship and talent earned him the All-University of Virginia Outstanding Teacher Award, as well as recognition from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the American Bar Association.

Abraham has authored more than 60 law review articles and five books, several of which have become basic texts for the first-year law student curriculum in more than 100 law schools across the country. His 2018 article, “Automated Vehicles and Manufacturer Responsibility for Accidents: A New Legal Regime for a New Era,” co-authored with Robert Rabin, explores their proposed plan for handling liability issues as cars driven by people share the road with autonomous vehicles.

Michael Raschid

Michael Raschid ’86 is the chief legal officer and vice president of operations of Perrone Robotics in Crozet, Virginia. A former student of Abraham’s, Raschid served as an attorney for IBM before becoming partner at the Silicon Valley firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati. He later joined Arnold & Porter as partner, managing intellectual property, information technology and technology transactions. As a leader of Perrone Robotics since 2016, Rashid has helped develop several autonomous vehicle projects, one of which is the new driverless shuttle known as TONY (TO Navigate You). Learn more about Perrone’s partnership with Jaunt, Inc. and Albemarle County.

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